By Isobel Roe, ABC News, 8/17/2017
More research is needed into the potential health effects of new 5G mobile phone technology before it is rolled out in Australia, an international expert says.
The high-speed mobile phone network could be operational in Australia from 2020, offering up to 50 times the bandwidth currently available on 4G networks, allowing users to download the equivalent of three television episodes in a second.
Telstra announced last year it would run a world-first test of the technology for visitors to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
International radio frequency expert Professor Dariusz Leszczynski, from the University of Helsinki, told a public lecture at Griffith University in Brisbane on Thursday night there was a concerning lack of understanding about the health effects.
“We know only that this radiation penetrates skin deep,” Professor Leszczynski said.
“We don’t have the faintest idea how normal-functioning skin will be affected.”