• 30 JUL 18
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    5G networks in Australia: How fast, when is it coming, and what are the possible health risks?

    From the NewDaily,

    Excerpt:

    Australian telcos are gearing up for the imminent arrival of 5G, but experts are warning of possible health risks, calling for more research to be done before the network’s rollout.

    The high-speed mobile phone network could be operational in Australia from 2020, offering up to 50 times the bandwidth currently available on 4G networks, allowing users to download the equivalent of three television episodes in a second.

    In its final NBN report, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) calculated that 5G had a maximum speed of a whopping 10,000 megabits per second (Mbps) – about 300 times faster than the typical home connection.

    Calls for more research

    Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) health services assistant director Dr Ken Karipidis told The New Daily the agency had recently recommended further research into 5G networks.

    For frequencies above 6 GHz where 5G will operate, the electromagnetic energy is not absorbed by the body [as the depth of skin penetration is less than 8 millimetres] and the energy causes heating at or near the surface of the skin,” Dr Karipidis said. 

    “Although no health effects are expected from exposure to 5G, ARPANSA has recommended more research focusing on the effects on the skin and cornea, the external part of the eye.” ……SNIP

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