FACT: 5G technology is not related to the spread of Coronavirus
Around the world right now, malicious messages and video content are circulating referencing 5G technology and linking it to the spread of Coronavirus. People have attacked and destroyed 5G sites in places like the UK. Unfortunately, it has also been reported that threats have been made against Caribbean network operators and their staff. CANTO categorically condemns these acts of violence designed to weaken communications networks in a time of crisis. Regrettably, across numerous social media platforms this “fake news” story is gathering pace.
Various conspiracy theories claiming that 5G technology helps transmit coronavirus have been condemned by the scientific community. In a recent BBC article, scientists say the idea of a connection between Coronavirus and 5G is "complete rubbish" and biologically impossible.
Recently the GSMA came out and condemned the attacks against mobile phone towers. Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA stated that “the telecoms industry is working around the clock to keep vital health, education and emergency services online, businesses running, and friends and families connected……it is deplorable that critical communications infrastructure is being attacked based on outright mistruths. We urge everyone to trust health authorities and rest assured communications technology is safe. There is no link between 5G and COVID-19.”
As Caribbean service providers we need to ensure the availability of telecommunications services during this time of crisis. We do not need this misleading information. We call on our Caribbean Governments and Regulators and the various social media platforms to take effective steps to remove this type of false information.