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So, how is your health?

LAST week I was determined to write this article in advance of Friday’s deadline, as I do virtually every month. When that passed, as usual, I determined to do it over the weekend. But I had forgotten the weekend of sport that awaited us. Having the Wimbledon finals, the British Grand Prix, both practice, qualifying and race and, of course, England becoming World Champions of Cricket for the first time in history by Sunday 7.30pm I was exhausted. So here I am, Monday morning, late yet again, sat at home thinking about what to write. To avoid Business Times annoying me with reminders, I emailed them ‘I’m Doing It’ in advance.

So how is your health? 5G will provide vastly increased mobile network speeds, lower latency, greater capacity and improved coverage across the developed world.

The next-generation mobile network is expected to birth new industries and make fresh innovation possible thanks to its greater capacity and faster response times. To the average smartphone user, it will be like having constant access to an extremely fast wifi connection. But is 5G safe? That’s what some have been questioning on the cusp of 5G’s long anticipated roll-out.

All mobile networks, as well as wireless devices such as wifi, TV and radio transmitters, transmit radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields. These are low-energy forms of radiation, and as such there have long been concerns over the possible health effects of exposure to certain RF fields. 5G brings with it renewed concern, as it will attain its vastly improved performance by accessing a very high-frequency spectrum that has hitherto gone unexploited by mobile networks. Some have questioned whether these higher frequencies of 24GHz and above will provide an increased risk to human health.

Concerns over mobile network safety aren’t new. There have been questions surrounding the effect that RF signals have on the human body, and more specifically on incidents of brain cancer, for many years. However, all major reports on the matter have concluded that there’s no discernible safety issue. Perhaps the most extensive of these reports came from Australia in 2016. Using 30 years of comprehensive health data for the entire population, it was found that there was no correlation between mobile phone usage and incidents of brain cancer.

So, there it is, the facts as reported to us. My opinion, there is so much RF everywhere how can we avoid it. But please do remember if calling me no expletives as I am always on hands free.

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