Just has been a couple of days after the announcement of Swisscom for its 5G phones. The Federal Office of Communications of Switzerland has given permission to start the offering of 5G commercial services. It enables the launch of the country first 5G network. As of the moment, the 5G network is already LIVE in major Swiss cities an tourist areas. This move has made Switzerland into the 3rd country with 5G commercial service in standards-compliant. However, the 5G device of Swisscom will only hit the store's shelf from next month.

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This launch of 5G network in Switzerland is a huge accomplishment.

While this launch of 5G network in Switzerland is a huge accomplishment. Some outlets in Europe have noted that in one of 26 Swiss mini-states, they have paused the 5G transmitter due to health concerns of this network. This and many similar concern has led to the decision of the Swiss federal government to start measuring the radiation of the 5G related devices. They will assess the risks in question and inform the public about their finding.

Does this story sound kinda out of place for you? Isn't it more logical to wait for the result before launching the 5G networks?

Good news

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The majority of engineers and scientists are agreed that “non-ionizing radiation” from cellular devices does not harm living tissue

Of course it the moment for  “good news, bad news”. The good one is that the majority of engineers and scientists are agreed that “non-ionizing radiation” from cellular devices does not harm living tissue. They have lab results to back their word. Aside from that they also pointed out that for many decades of radar, radio, TV, and other broadcasts devices haven't hurt anyone biologically.

Bad news

The less good news is that no one could confirm 100% that the wireless signals are innocuous- giving the condition that your body was exposed to it for a long period of time. In reality, many agencies worldwide usually limit the number of wireless emissions. The regulation might vary between different devices, countries and many other factors.

When we couldn't be sure about the certainty as to danger or safety, people usually panic. From a new report just this week, it shows that many Swiss citizens fear the potential harm from the cellular radiation. On this topic, the WHO has been uncertain. Moreover, some people have also sued the corporations for cellular phones lead to brain tumors.

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More recently, the activists claimed that 5G networks and phones will microwave and mutate people.

Currently, there are 3 main variants of 5G transmission. We can categorize them into high-, medium-, and low- frequency spectra. We have been using in our consumer communication networks the mid-frequency (5GHz or lower) and low-frequency  (600/700MHz) spectrum for years. So we could assume that the 5G is just as safe as the 4G network.

Though, the concern is actually about the densification of the mid- and low-frequency signals, together with the “unknown” millimeter wave  (24-47GHz). The skeptics think that the multiplying the number of "safe" signals to host millions of IoT cars and devices could lead to killing wildlife or disrupting our sleeping patterns. They also suggested that use the millimeter wave signals could sterilize or even cook people up.

Who will answer the question about the safety of 5G?

Summary it all, the main concern is that those new wireless towers will turn our planet into a giant microwave oven, making many emissions which all will be inescapable. This idea might seem very crazy at first but wireless phones do transmit a good amount of microwave frequencies. That also what lead to the hesitant of many government agencies to confirm that they do not cause harm.

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It is time for chipmakers, cellular, and the governments to come up with an answer to the safety level of 5G

Like in the US, the FCC stated that “currently no scientific evidence establishes a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses,”. And  “provides information on some simple steps that you can take to reduce your exposure to RF energy from cell phones”. Though it “does not endorse the need for these practices.”

In this article, I am not taking any side. It is quite clear that the time is already right for chipmakers, cellular, and the governments to come up with an answer to the safety level of 5G. Something better than “already asked and answered” or “we’re not sure”.