How Safe is 5G Technology?

April 17, 2020

As 5G technology becomes more popular and more carriers begin to switch to the 5th generation of wireless technology, concerns about whether 5G technology is safe is also surfacing. 


The internet is full of information that leans in both directions: that 5G is safe, and that it is not. What do you tell your customers when they come in and ask if it’s safe to buy a 5G phone? Issoy, Inc. did a deep dive into the data about 5G phones to find out.


What is 5G?

5G is the newest generation of wireless networks that promises to be faster and to power a much broader range of technology, including wireless vehicles, Internet of Things technology, and better and further reaching cell service and internet access to the entire world. 


Is 5G Safe?


In 2018, the National Toxicology Program released the results of a large study that did show an increased number of tumors in male rats who had been exposed to cell phone radiation. However, the amount of exposure was nine times that of even the amount of exposure a heavy cell phone user experiences. Moreover, the study used 2G technology, which has not been used in years. 2G technology used 900-megahertz frequency, much higher than the 300 megahertz that 5G technology will be using, and significantly higher than current cell phones using 400 megahertz technology.


Since the study did show that 2 to 3 percent male rats exposed to nine hours of 2G for nine hours each day for two years did develop tumors, it led to a peer-reviewed conclusion that there is some evidence of a link between cellphone radiation and brain tumors in rats.


To give a comparison, eating 50 grams of processed meat (4 strips of bacon or one hot dog) a day can increase the risk of cancer by 18%. Eating a diet high in processed foods increases one’s chance of cancer by 12%, according to a report by U.S. News.


Much of the hype around the purported risks of 5G has been tied to disinformation campaigns linked to Russia and a Russian news media outlet in Washington D.C., even as Russia itself begins to improve its infrastructure for rolling out 5G within its own borders. Even before Russian interference, The New York Times found many fears linking cancer to wireless technology tied to an inaccurate chart created by a scientist showing the effects of radiation on grey matter. Unfortunately, his chart failed to mention that human skin protects the organs from the effects of radiation he mentioned.


Although ultimately every user will have to decide for themselves, here are some articles that cite both scientific data and federal conclusions that 5G is safe that you can provide to your customers who ask: