As O2 brings 5G to Leeds, we discover that such technological advances may be harming our health
By Aidan Kerr
As O2 become the latest mobile provider to launch the superfast 5G network, a booming city centre location has been chosen as the epicentre for the improved network connection.
Trinity Leeds, located in the heart of Leeds, has been announced as the location for the launch, beginning today.
Focusing primarily on increased browsing speed and enhanced data connection, the world-renowned mobile provider have aimed to launch the 5G network in busy city centre locations, where improved mobile internet access would be most desired.
“Today is a significant moment for our customers”
Along with city centre locations in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Slough – the location of O2s head office, Leeds will experience technology that is being dubbed as ‘the next generation of mobile networking.’
In collaboration with their parent company Telefonica, a spokesperson for O2 said: “Today is a significant moment for our customers and our businesses as we switch on the O2 5G network.
“We’re launching with a range of tariffs that make it easy and fair to customers to access 5G, with flexible plans that cost no more than 4G.
“We’re also switching on 5G in important parts of towns and cities first, places where it will benefit customers and businesses most.”
Yet, there are a number of health concerns associated with 5G wireless networks.
“Effects of this include increased cancer risks”
In June, a request made by an anonymous local resident was made for Leeds City Council to investigate harmful effects of 5G technology.
The member of public provided information that 5G networks can “increase exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields.
A Leeds City Council note to committee members claims there is no concerning evidence that 5G could have serious health impacts.
There were various petitions to get 5G wireless services banned from Glastonbury festival this year for a host of reasons.
Louise Thomas runs a Facebook group aimed at stopping the development of 5G in her home county of Somerset, where Glastonbury festival takes place. She has carried out extensive research on the negative effects.
“One of the issues is that Public Health England uses the guidelines from the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection.
“The safety limits guidelines set by ICNIRP are set too high. They are set so high that they aren’t protecting us from harm. Peer reviewed research has shown unequivocal damage caused by electromagnetic radiation well below these limits.
“These guidelines are for thermal heating short exposure times and do not take into account longer prolonged periods of exposure or take into account the accumulation and non-thermal effect.
“From a health perspective the NHS is currently undergoing huge pressures, which it is struggling to cope with. Is it wise to introduce a technology, which is acknowledged by many scientists and physicians as being potentially responsible for increasing health issues in our populations.”
“The safety limits guidelines set by ICNIRP are set too high”
Louise shared with Leeds Hacks a large number of worldwide appeals focusing on the matter and said: “There is an undeniable amount of Independent Peer-Reviewed research showing the damaging effects of non-ionising electromagnetic radiation.
“Cancer, nervous system disruption and reproductive impairment and many more serious effects have been demonstrated.”
“There will be a constellation 20,000 5G satellites around the entire planet , potentially threatening our planet’s atmosphere.”