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The power of anti-5G messages: emotion trumps the facts
Feb 18, 2021
by Toby Youell

The arson attacks on mobile masts last year, fuelled by online rumours of a link between 5G and COVID-19, demonstrated the power of campaigns against the new technology. The industry usually reacts with facts and sober analysis, but this doesn't cut through to the significant minority who continue to worry… Read more...

Why have anti-5G campaigns been so successful?
Feb 18, 2021
by Martin Sims

For decades individuals and organised groups have lobbied against mobile phones claiming health risks, but the recent anti-5G campaigns have had an unprecedented impact. Messaging penetration has been estimated at 50% and never before have these campaigns led to arson attacks on base stations. In this Research Note we examine… Read more...

Russia charts its own 5G spectrum strategy
Feb 11, 2021
by Toby Youell

A spectrum strategy is the result of a careful balancing act between various policy objectives. On the one hand, regulators want to help their mobile operators build fast networks, but on the other they also want to enable competition. Incumbent services should be taken into account, and space should be… Read more...

Poll: anti-5G groups are better at campaigning than the wireless industry
Feb 04, 2021
by PolicyTracker

Arson attacks on 5G masts, fuelled by misinformation on social media have made policy-makers and the wireless industry reconsider the effectiveness of their own EMF communications strategies. This was the topic of our recent webinar: EMF getting the message across. Your can watch a recording of it by signing up… Read more...

Strategic advice on EMF messaging
Feb 04, 2021
by PolicyTracker

In association with Epoch Strategic Communications, PolicyTracker can help improve your messaging on EMF issues. Which audiences should you be targeting? How can you reach them? How can you build trust? How should this integrate into wider communications and organisational strategies? How should you address health concerns? What can be… Read more...

Is there a viable HAPS business model?
Feb 03, 2021
by Toby Youell

One of the pleasures of reporting on spectrum is that it gives you the opportunity to see the technologies of the future. Spectrum managers were dealing with mega-constellations and 5G, or reading about them in PolicyTracker, years before they they were discussed in the mainstream press. But as well as… Read more...

EMF: a localised concern or a global threat?
Feb 01, 2021
by Manuel R. Marti

Every new generation of mobile technology is met by opposition from people who claim its radio waves cause adverse health effects. 5G has been no different. The devices and spectrum may vary, but the fears are the same. Rollouts have faced particularly strong resistance from local councils who are trying… Read more...

New speakers added for EMF webinar on Wed 3 February
Jan 28, 2021
by PolicyTracker

Reassuring the public about the safety of mobile networks has never been harder. The rise of social media has allowed those with health concerns to spread their message as never before, while the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a fertile breeding ground for conspiracy theories. Next week's webinar, EMF: getting the… Read more...

New country profile charts Poland’s struggle to release key 5G bands
Jan 28, 2021
by Toby Youell

As an EU Member State, Poland is supposed to have already made available the 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz bands. But efforts by the regulator, the UKE, have been thwarted by COVID-19 and coordination issues with the Russian Federation. Even though Poland has enlisted the help of the European Commission,… Read more...

A review of the sanctions against Huawei in 40 countries
Jan 21, 2021
by Toby Youell

Former US President Trump's foreign policy often kept observers guessing. But one aspect of the vaguely-defined "Trump Doctrine" is clear: confrontation with China. Perhaps no company has suffered more from this breakdown in relations between the two economic giants than Huawei, a leading provider of mobile broadband equipment. But as… Read more...