Chris Althaus, CEO of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association. Source: Supplied
Chris Althaus, CEO of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association. Source: Supplied

Industry head quashes 5G health concerns

THE head of one the country's peak bodies representing ­Australia's mobile telecommunications industry has defended any notion the latest 5G-network rollout will pose health risks to Tweed residents.

CEO of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), Chris Althaus, said decades of research into radio frequencies showed there was no threat to humans and the environment.

This comes following Tweed deputy mayor, Chris Cherry, urging council to back a meeting between the telecommunications industry and concerned residents over their worries about alleged health risks.

Cr Cherry's motion was dismissed by the council, with only Mayor Katie Milne supporting her colleague.

An alternate motion, put up by Cr Reece Byrnes, gave support to the Cr Cherry and Milne to write to federal member Justine Elliot, asking her to listen to resident's concerns.

Mr Althaus said the 5G-network was nothing more than an extension of how radio waves are already being used.

"It is the next way we use radio frequency, and we have been using radio frequency for an awfully long time," Mr Althaus said.

"That can be through TV, radio, your microwave or even your garage-door opening."

The head of the telecommunications body said research has shown little evidence to suggest these radio waves and radio frequency were damaging to humans, animals or the environment.

"There are global standards around radio frequency and radio frequency devices and those cover a wide range including the radio frequency used for 5G," he said.

"The standard which supports this is based on research which is many decades in the making.

"There is an awful lot of research into radio waves and to say their isn't enough research is incorrect."

One of the major misconceptions about the latest evolution into the use of radio waves is the 'high-frequency spectrum'.

Mr Althaus said many people worried about the health risks of 5G, mistake high-frequency to mean the system is more powerful.

"People think high-frequency spectrum transplant to high-power - that is not the case," he said.

"A high-frequency spectrum is great for carrying a lot of data, but it is lousy for going very far.

"High-frequency means the wavelength is much short - it is absolutely not high power."