The Nigerian Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE) says the 5G technology has potential to accelerate global industrial and environmental advancement without health implications.
Mr Kings Adeyemi, NIEEE’s National Chairman, said in a statement on Friday in Lagos that the evolution of every stage from 1G to the 4G technologies came with speculations and fears that never happened.
He stated that 5G technology had no link to COVID-19.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the acronym 5G stands for fifth generation of mobile networks.
Available statistics showed that the new mobile technologies were launched after every 10 years.
Adeyemi explained that the technicalities behind performance of Radio-Frequency Spectrum were the same, adding that 5G was no exception and did not carry any health risk as was being speculated.
The association chairman listed diseases rumoured in the various stages of the evolution of wireless networks signals, which never happened, to include cancer and brain tumour.
He said that 5G technologies did not have any health risk and that it had nothing to do with the current coronavirus pandemic.
Adeyemi added that countries that did not have 5G networks had already recorded COVID-19.
“5G signals are transmitted over the radio waves, not by sneezing or handshake or any other ways coronavirus can be transmitted.
“5G signals are not bio agent, hence cannot be transmitted using transmitting station.
“As experts, we cannot link coronavirus pandemic to 5G mobile communication network.
“While the spread of coronavirus is a threat to life and global economy, evolution of 5G will digitally transform healthcare, energy, finance services, transportation, entertainment, manufacturing, agriculture and supply-chain management sectors among others,’’ Adeyemi said.
He explained that the telecom industry ha several acronyms, which meant different things being mixed by some stakeholders.
He said that the situation was responsible for the current misunderstandings and misinformation about the technology.
He said that making 5G a platform for many wireless technologies to co-exist would enhance technologies behind Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, smart city, smart home, self-driving cars, remote operations and machine learning, among others.
“With the advancement of technology in the 20th century, humanity has been exposed to various forms or ironised and non-ironised forms, which enhanced fast operations.