A user named Ohm Lama claimed in a Facebook post that “radiation” from 5G towers in India is to blame for the rise in Covid-19 cases in India and Nepal.
The same information was posted on Facebook here, here, and here. Photographs of anti-5G demonstrations in London in January 2020 and Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, are included in the claim.
Similar allegations went viral last year in a number of European countries, including the United Kingdom. Such statements have also been fact-checked by India’s Alt News and Factly.
South Asia Check has now checked the false story that is currently making the rounds in Nepal.
5G is the most advanced cell phone technology. The fifth generation of technology will transform how people use the internet in their daily lives. According to Madhu Sudan Dahal, a senior telecommunications engineer at Nepal Telecom, 4G service is currently available in Nepal, while 5G is currently being tested.
According to Dahal, 5G is a more mature technology than 4G. According to him, telecom companies must update and upgrade hardware (such as antennas) and software in order to operate 5G.
Although cell phones do transmit electromagnetic waves, various studies have shown that they are healthy, according to the telecom engineer.
“The fact that both the electromagnetic waves produced by a cell phone and the coronavirus are invisible may have misled people,” he said. “Electromagnetic waves are harmless.”
“When we talk on a cell phone, our voice is picked up by the nearest tower through waves,” he explains how the frequency of mobile telephony works. It then hits the telephone service provider’s server, which forwards it to the individual we’re calling’s nearest tower. My voice is transmitted by the tower with the strongest signal.”
Experts say that in order to deliver high-speed internet through 5G, telecom service providers must attach a large number of small cell sites to poles, walls, or towers (as opposed to previous networks, which used massive towers).
In India, telecom companies such as Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel have tested 5G technology in a number of cities, but the service is yet to be made available to customers. Although it is true that Covid-19 cases have increased in the Indian states listed in the Facebook post, the argument that 5G technology is being tested in those states is incorrect.
The World Health Organization (WHO) stated in a fact sheet released last year that the coronavirus does not propagate across 5G mobile networks. “Viruses are unable to spread over radio waves or via mobile networks. Covid-19 is expanding in many countries without 5G mobile networks, according to the WHO.
According to Dahal, the telecom engineer, before the launch of 5G in the United Kingdom last year, the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei, which is active in developing the 5G infrastructure, faced rumors that it might spy on mobile users, so this time some people could have used the coronavirus to spread disinformation about the 5G technology. “People were concerned that the government would use the technology to spy on its citizens,” he said.