Residents burning telecom towers to ‘prevent COVID-19 spread’

* 14 Suspected arson attacks reported across New Zealand in 6 weeks

* Damage to facilities can cause huge disruption to telecom consumers ─TCF Chief

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The last has yet to be heard about the purported connection between the fatal Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the 5G (Fifth Generation) Networks as the mobile operators in New Zealand is warning its citizens that phone and Internet connectivity could be severely impacted if the attacks on mobile towers continue.

ConsumerConnect gathered that the three mobile operators in New Zealand, including Vodafone, Spark and 2Degrees, backed by the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum (TCF) are urging community members to report any suspicious activity near cell sites in the country.

“Together the three companies have been subject to 10 suspected arson attacks across Auckland, a city in Northern New Zealand, over the past six weeks, out of a total 14 attacks around New Zealand including the Wellington and Northland regions, causing damage and disruption to critical cell site infrastructure,” said a statement by TCF.

These attacks on cell towers, reports say, are primarily fuelled by 5G conspiracy theories which claim that the 5G network is somewhat detrimental to human health and cause mental health issues.

Whereas some conspiracy theorists yet believe that 5G Networks are somewhat linked to the spread of novel COVID-19 virus.

Geoff Thorn, TCF Chief Executive, said: “We are concerned that telecommunications infrastructure are becoming the target of criminal damage.

“Not only is this highly dangerous, it also has the potential to cause huge disruption to local people, schools and businesses.”

It was further learnt that in April 2020, top four mobile operators in the United Kingdom (UK) issued a joint statement asking people to stop burning telecom towers.

It would be recalled that some people in the UK targeted mobile towers recently as conspiracy theories linked them to the spread of Coronavirus in the UK.

Thanks to these 5G theories, some residents actually threatened mobile engineers.

Though there’s no scientific evidence linking the two, several posts on social media about these theories have been spreading like a wildfire.

According to a BBC report, some theorists are “claiming that 5G ─ which is used in mobile phone networks and relies on signals carried by radio waves ─ is somehow responsible for Coronavirus.”

These theories, stated the report, are broadly divided into two categories: “One claims 5G can suppress the immune system, thus making people more susceptible to catching the virus.

“The other suggests the virus can somehow be transmitted through the use of 5G technology.”

New Zealand is an island nation in the South Pacific Ocean, located south of the equator in the Southern Hemisphere.

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