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ATCON Debunks Claim that 5G Causes Coronavirus

The Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has debunked the claims and misinformation that is currently trending on all social media like Facebook, WhatsAapp, Twitter, LinkedIn and a host of others, suggesting that Fifth Generation (5G) technology is a causative factor of Coronavirus pandemic also known as COVID-19.

A statement signed by its President, Mr. Teniola Olusola, which was made available to e-Business Life at the weekend, the group said without any equivocation, that the purported claims that 5G is responsible for COVID-19 is baseless and it should be discountenanced by Nigerians as what it is: false information.

According to ATCON “The claims have not been substantiated, by any conclusive empirical evidence, by either the World Health Organisation or other health research institutions.

The group further pointed out that “there has been no issuance of 5G Licence to any of our members to build and deploy 5G network in Nigeria by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). However, what has happened recently was just a trial of the 5G network by one of our members which was well supervised by the telecoms regulator.

“Currently, Nigeria’s networks are made up of 2G, 3G and 4G. In 2014, the World Health Organisation stated clearly that there is not yet any conclusive scientific evidence to the effect that there are adverse health effects caused by telecommunications infrastructures to human with respect to exposure to the non-ionising radiation emitting by telecoms base stations.

“ATCON, as the umbrella Association of all telecommunications companies in Nigeria, would like to state unequivocally that it would not  be part of the deployment of any technology in-country that would put the health of any Nigerian at risk, as we believe the health of end-users of any technological advancement comes as a priority in the deployment consideration of such technology by our members to provide services to Nigerians,” the statement said.

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