90 Miles From Tyranny : Health fears prompt Swiss 5G revolt

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Health fears prompt Swiss 5G revolt

Switzerland was among the first countries to begin deploying 5G, but health fears over radiation from the antennas that carry the next-generation mobile technology have sparked a nationwide revolt.

Demonstrators against the technology are due to fill the streets of Bern later this month, but already a number of cantons have been pressured to put planned constructions of 5G-compatible antennae on ice.

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The technology has been swept up in the deepening trade war between China and the United States, which has tried to rein in Chinese giant Huawei -- the world's leader in superfast 5G equipment -- over fears it will allow Beijing to spy on communications from countries that use its products and services.

But far from the clash of the titans, a growing number of Swiss are voicing alarm at possible health effects from exposure to the electromagnetic rays radiating from the new antennae, and are threatening to put the issue to a referendum in the country famous for its direct democratic system.

It wasn't supposed to be this way.

In February, Switzerland took a big step towards deployment when it attributed 5G frequencies to three major operators, Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt, allowing the country to rake in revenues of nearly 380 million Swiss francs ($384 million, 350 million euros).

High on their success, the operators raced to trumpet on television advertisements and billboards that the cutting-edge technology would be available this year in cities, in the countryside and even in mountainous regions.

By early July, 334 antennae stations for 5G were operational across the country, authorities told AFP.

- Referendum? -

But the rollout has run into some serious hurdles.

Several cantons including Geneva have buckled to pressure from online petitioners demanding a halt to construction of the 5G infrastructure.

But while no new antennae are being built in parts of the country, the operators are still converting existing 4G antennae for 5G use -- something they can do without authorisation.

National carrier Swisscom thus says it expects 90 percent of...

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  1. Put a bag of money, perhaps a hundreds of billions of dollars worth in front of an army of tort lawyers and have them underwrite the "studies" showing that X causes cancer. What do you get? Rich lawyers and the people who were damaged - if they were in fact damaged by the technology - who get diddly squat.
    With today's scientific lack of reproducibility, the tort lawyers are once again crawling out of the wall.

  2. 5G will not transmit as far as 4G. Talk to anybody with an understanding of short wave/microwave/satellite radio theory and they will not be making the move to 5G. It is a very dangerous frequency to organic things and people. It also screws with Doppler radar as a side-lobe frequency is the same resonate frequency of water.