The Government is running various programmes for national investment in 5G solutions.
There are currently no plans for the Connecting Cambridgeshire Programme to roll-out 5G in Cambridgeshire. There are also no plans for public consultation by Cambridgeshire County Council in relation to commercial operators’ plans to introduce 5G.
Commercial mobile network operators may introduce 5G services, as they have elsewhere in the UK, the County Council has no role in the commercial operation of 5G networks which are licensed and strictly regulated by Ofcom within public health guidelines that are set by Public Health England (PHE) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Ofcom has issued the following Update on 5G in relation to COVID-19:
We are aware of theories being shared online and on social media claiming that 5G technology is connected to, or responsible for, the COVID-19 pandemic. These claims are wrong; there is no scientific basis or credible evidence for them.
Public Health England says 5G should have “no consequences to public health” and “there is no plausible mechanism that would explain any such a relationship” between 5G mobile and coronavirus.
A joint Government and Ofcom guide to 5G mobile technology, plain English guide, to give people the facts and tackle disinformation about 5G has also been published (August 2020).
Ofcom has also been measuring the levels of electro-magnetic radiation emitted by 5G masts around the country, and in all cases has found the levels to be a small fraction of those allowed by international safety guidelines.