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Mobile industry defends 5G safety

The trade association for the UK’s mobile network operators has said there is no evidence of health risks from exposure to mobile technology.

A statement was given to Radio Scilly by Mobile UK in response to yesterday's report of a petition to stop the upcoming rollout of 5G on the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall.

Vodafone announced last September that it will launch the new technology in rural holiday destinations in the South West and Lake District this year, with the islands the first area to be connected.

The petition, from campaign group Villagers Against Masts, seeks to provide peer-reviewed scientific evidence showing that there is no risk of harm from non-thermal Electro Magnetic Radiation using the frequencies and cumulative exposure associated with 5G and the Internet of Things.

Hamish MacLeod, director at Mobile UK - the voice of EE, O2, Three and Vodafone - said: “Research into the safety of radio signals has been conducted for more than 50 years. The strong consensus of the public health agencies, such as the World Health Organisation, is that no health risks have been established from exposure to the low-level radio signals used for mobile communications.

"In line with advice from WHO, the UK Government has adopted the exposure limits developed by International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) who monitor all new research. All UK mobile network build their networks within these guidelines.

“The limits developed by ICNIRP cover all radio signals used for mobile telecommunications in the UK, including the spectrum allocated for 5G services."

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