ReclaimTheFacts founder Peter Metzinger was allowed to write a column about misinformation on 5G for Topsoft magazine. For him as a physicist, it is incomprehensible how basic physical facts can simply be ignored when arguing against 5G. Many people seem to think that 5G stands for new frequencies or for a new kind of radiation. But it only stands for the 5th generation of mobile phone standards and thus essentially for a new software that can simply transmit data faster. It can be easily installed on existing 3G and 4G antennas without any changes to the mobile radiation.

“To date there is not a single research programme that examines health risks”, “Sweat glands react like antennas”, “Experiment with unclear effects”. These are just a few of the arguments being put forward against 5G.

Peter Metzinger is a physicist, local councilor and campaigning pioneer. (Picture: Regula Roost)

These arguments are not new, as they have been repeated by critics in the mobile phone debate for decades like a prayer wheel. Repetition does not make them any better – more scientifically sound. Because for decades it has also not been possible to prove a harmful effect of mobile radio waves on health.

Instead of taking this as an indication of a possible harmlessness, the opponents now go into battle against 5G, as if it were a completely new form of “radiation”.

The fact is, however, that this latest mobile phone standard is based on the same signal carriers as all others before – electromagnetic waves, as they have been used for radio, radio and TV signals for decades – without any harmful effects on health and well researched.

5G also partly uses the same frequencies as 3G and 4G. Controversial millimetre frequencies are currently not used in Switzerland. However, they too are and have been used worldwide, for example in weather radar. They would not be a substitute for today’s frequencies, but are only used over very short distances.

5G therefore does not bring completely new frequencies or “radiation”, as many critics would have us believe. Talking about building a new network is actually wrong for other reasons as well.

Strictly speaking, it is primarily a software upgrade. The existing software is replaced, as with the PC, by new software that can process larger amounts of data faster. In addition, the hardware may be expanded to take advantage of the new possibilities offered by the software upgrade. Just as with the PC, more RAM is used to speed up the PC.

Just like a PC with a software upgrade, but this does not have to be the case. You can often wait to buy a new PC. The same is true of the 5G network. In many locations in Switzerland, the 4G network is equipped with 5G software, but for the time being without upgrading the hardware. In other words: the antenna remains the same. In contrast, critics are up in arms in many places because they believe 5G is something completely new and unexplored.

Because no new hardware is installed and no completely new frequencies are used, the bottom line is that resistance to 5G is a rebellion against a software upgrade. The arguments are based on misunderstandings up to targeted disinformation. Are the opponents aware of this?