Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) has slammed purveyors of Fake News especially in reference to reports making rounds that 5G was ‘switched-on’ in Nigeria last weekend, May 10, 2020.
ATCON said that such information also suggesting that 5G network causes coronavirus is baseless and untrue, adding that their members will never deploy infrastructure that will compromise the health of the end-users.
A press statement signed by ATCON’s President, Engr. Olusola Teniola, reads:
“We wish to draw the attention of Nigerians to the unfounded claims and misinformation that is trending on all social media like Facebook, WhatsAapp, Twitter, LinkedIn and a host of others, which suggest that Fifth Generation (5G) technology is causative factor of Coronavirus pandemic also known as COVID-19.
“Consequently, we wish to clear the air on this misinformation, as follows:
“ATCON wishes to inform telecom consumers, other stakeholders and the entire Nigerians, 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.
“The claims have not been substantiated, by any conclusive empirical evidence, by either the World Health Organisation or other health research institutions.
“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 currently made up 3G and 4G and in 2014, the World Health Organisation had stated clearly 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 said that as the umbrella Association of all telecommunications companies in Nigeria, they 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”.