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5G is a marketing term for a variety of new mobile phone technologies that use very high frequency (GHz) parts of the radiospectrum to allow increased speed of data transfer. It has prompted unprecedented calls for a review of health effects[1] and has widely been criticised for breaching the precautionary principle.

Health Concerns

Hundreds of scientists have registered their concerns about the health impacts of 5G technology, observing that "Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plants and animals."[2] It is suspected to exert an "oxidative" stress on cells, to which some people are particularly susceptible.[3]

Belgian 5G postponement

A pilot project to try 5G deployment in Brussels was suspended in April 2019 due to health concerns.[4]


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:5G Trade Wars: the US Empire Strikes BackArticle16 May 2019George KerevanThe global 5G marketplace in the control of private monopoly capitalism will result in something akin to Orwell’s 1984 nightmare. That will turn every man, woman and child on the planet into a consumer automaton monitored continuously by big business.
Document:The Curious Case Of Russia’s Contradictory Stance Towards 5G TechnologyArticle18 May 2019Andrew KorybkoWhile RT is telling the English-language international audience to be wary of 5G technology, the Russian state itself is already experimenting with it and doesn’t seem the least bit concerned about the potential health effects that it could have on its people.

Technical issues

A May 2019 report in Semiconductor Engineering reported that "5G Heats Up Base Stations", threatening reliability and signal integrity when in heavy use.[5]