5G Network Not Hazardous, To be Deployed Next Year – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the trial of the fifth generation mobile, 5G network shows that there is no health hazard associated with the use of the technology.

Earlier in the year, different conspiracy theorists had traced 5G technology radiation to be the cause of death in a different part of the world, hiding under the canopy of Covid 19.

The commission on Monday stated that the trial was conducted in six cities – Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Kano, and Calabar. And the tests were conducted following the 1998 International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection guidelines for general public exposure to varying electromagnetic fields, which were in force at the time of the trials.

It said the results of EMF radiation indicated that the highest radiation at 26 GHz millimeter wave at 5m away from the source was 4.3 percent and at 30m from the source was 0.14 percent.

5G Network Mast

It added that the highest radiation at 3.5 GHz at 5m away from the source was 11.4 percent and at 30m away from the source was 1.9 percent of ICNIRP specification of 61 v/m for frequency range 2-300 GHz.

“These results are far below the ICNIRP specification for protection of members of the public in the Guidelines and therefore suggest that no public health hazards are expected from the use of 5G in Nigeria,” the NCC said.

The telecoms regulator stated that the deployment of the new network in the country would be done in two phases. Phase one, which involves deployment based on the non-standalone approach, would commence in 2021.

Phase two based on the stand-alone approach, which relies on new spectrum allocations, will commence in 2022.

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