In March of this year, telecommunications behemoth Safaricom began testing a 5G high-speed internet network based on Huawei technology.
Over the next 12 months, the 5G service launched in Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisii, and Kakamega is expected to expand to 150 sites in nine towns. The trials for 5G technology are expected to pave the way for what could be the dawn of a new era of seamless connectivity.
Concerns about the technology’s safety have arisen as 5G is rolled out in Kenya and around the world.
Is 5G a safe technology?
This was discussed at a recent Huawei event in Naivasha, where a group of Kenyan journalists was given a virtual tour of Huawei’s Galileo 5G Exhibition Hall at the company’s global headquarters.
When we asked about the technology’s safety, presenters Winter Wright and Brian Chamberlin said 5G is “as safe as a lightbulb.”
The UK Office of Communications released the findings of a countrywide study on emissions from 5G mobile base stations earlier this year. They were only 0.04 percent of the regulatory standard at most. As a result, neither the intensity nor the frequency of 5G is a concern.
The FDA in the United States conducted a review of scientific literature on mobile emission safety published between 2008 and 2018. It discovered no cause for concern.
ICNRP, a German-based global organization dedicated solely to radiation protection research, recently completed a seven-year review of global wireless emissions, including 5 G frequencies.
According to ICNIRP, there is no reason to believe that global wireless emissions cause diseases.
Over the last 40 years, extensive research has been conducted on the safety of mobile wireless technologies. 5 G is a new technology that operates in a different range, but it is the same as before in terms of safety.
According to any of the world’s largest health agencies, there is no credible evidence that wireless mobile emissions are harmful. The World Health Organization is one of them (WHO).