In 2019 we launched the UK’s first 5G network, and have already bought the fastest and most reliable mobile experience to more than 50 UK cities and large towns.
With every new generation of mobile technology, we understand that people want to understand if there is a potential health risk.
5G uses the same group of radio waves and the same radio technologies that have been in use for decades. Mobile and WiFi networks have been in use in the UK and around the world since the 1980s. With 5G, just as with 2G, 3G and 4G before it, the strong consensus amongst experts is that no health risks have been established from exposure to low-level radio signals used by communications networks.
Importantly, these radio waves are ‘non-ionizing’. This means that they do not have the energy to change the structure of a cell, so cannot cause cells to become cancerous.
Waves used by 5G in 2020 are even lower than the WiFi routers in most houses
All waves used for mobile networks and WiFi are ‘non-ionizing’, which means they cannot change the DNA structure of a cell, so cannot cause cells to become cancerous
5G networks in the UK in 2020 will use spectrum in the 3.4-3.8GHz band, and at 700MHz – similar to digital television signals