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  • Writer's pictureBruce Lamb

Manchester GMCA Policy on 5G

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

5G Doesnt really describe what is going on,

it isnt meant to?

Surveillance using Camera and Scanning technologies that are breaches of privacy. Frequencies that will do harm to humanity as they are shorter wavelengths, Small Cells located in offices, on the high street, in your neighborhood?

Its not been discussed at the level required delivered by EE, Vodafone curtiousy of Theresa May's Cabinet.

John Stewards Response to my GMCA Trafford Communication.

Read We Have Been Harmonised To Get An Indication of what they are looking to achieve.

Steward, John

Jul 15, 2019, 10:06 AM (5 days ago)to Phil, Helen, Alison, Chris, Richard, Steve, Simon, me

Dear Bruce,

Thank you for your email regarding your concerns which were principally focused on 5G.

We are aware that the nature of 5G technology, its use of high frequencies and its potential impact on health has been the subject of debate.  I can assure you that we take this matter very seriously and we are therefore liaising closely with the Government’s Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport and working to their advice. Their view is as follows:

•            A considerable amount of research has been carried out on radio waves and we anticipate no negative effects on public health.

•            Public Health England’s (PHE’s) Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards (CRCE) takes the lead on public health matters associated with radiofrequency  electromagnetic fields, or radio waves, used in telecommunications.

•            5G is the latest evolution in mobile communications technology and currently in its development stages. 5G will have a higher data capacity than current systems in order to transfer a larger volume of information.

•            Some 5G technology will use similar frequencies to existing communications systems. Other 5G technology will work at higher frequencies, where the main change would be less penetration of radio waves through materials, for example walls.

•            While a small increase in overall exposure to radio waves is possible when 5G is added to the existing network, the overall exposure is expected to remain low and well within the guidelines from the International Commission on Non-Ionizing  Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

Coincidently, this issue is the subject of work by the BBC Reality Check Team this morning which also provides a summary of the current position.

We are continuing to monitor this closely and in the event that there are any changes to this advice I will let you know.

Best regards,


John Steward

Digital Infrastructure Policy Lead

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

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