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ALTON aligns with Pantami on 5G - ITREALMS

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) has aligned with the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy (MoCDE), Dr. Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami that Nigeria is yet to license any fifth Generation network, reports ITREALMS.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as the regulator of telecommunications in the country, ALTON said, has not licensed any operator till date.

ALTON through its chairman, Engr. Gbenga Adebayo, also told ITREALMS that in setting the records straight, its important to note that telecommunication standards are prescribed for use by the relevant international Regulatory Agencies after thorough and comprehensive tests have been carried out to ensure particularly that all approved standards are safe for the Human environment and health.

“Note therefore that all Spectrum and frequencies used today by the mobile and satellite industries, have been extensively researched and are covered by the international safety guidelines,” he said.

ALTON pointed out that there is no iota of truth that 5G Technology is the cause of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The virus is also spreading in places without 5G networks like Nigeria. There are many parts of the world that do not have 5G coverage yet but are still affected by the virus e.g Parts of United Kingdom, Iran, Russia has no 5G for commercial use (except for some of their military deployments) etc,” he said.

Noting that in all the generations of wireless network technology (5G,4G,3G,2G & 1G) mobile data is transmitted over radio waves.

“Other types of technology that use radio waves include smart meters, TV and radio transmitters, and radar and satellite communications. Most modern medical laboratory equipment use radio waves, some use nuclear radiation, but they are used within the guidelines. We dare say that every medication has recommended dosage. Even too much food and drinks can become injurious to health. This is basically the same principle on which radio waves operate. There are acceptable safe limits, which are determined, specified, regulated and supervised by International Technology Regulatory bodies as stated above,” Adebayo said.

Emphasising that Nigeria progressed from 1G to the current 4G which most networks offer to their subscribers today.

“Even with all the virtues of the novel 5G, our BTS Sites across the country are still bereft of this technology. We will want to re-emphasize that several studies have been carried out even before the 5G emergence, indicating that the microwave emissions from these infrastructures have no harmful effect on human health.

“Research into the safety of radio signals, which has been conducted for more than 50 years, has led to the establishment of human exposure standards including safety factors that protect against all established health risks.

“The Electro Magnetic Fields on masts and towers are so insignificant when compared to microwave cooker at home, our television set and computers we use most of the time,” he said.

Nenye Dom/Editor

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