Testing on 5G in Malta shows that the technology is safe for the public

Tests being carried out by a major telecommunications company on 5G technology show that radio wave emissions are below the levels accepted by an organisation which has been approved by the World Health Organisation. The tests show a negligible increase in emissions which are considered safe for the public.

These test trials on 5G have started in a limited number of places with the use of frequencies which have already been used for other wireless services. The tests by Melita have first started in Madliena and are also expected to take place in St Julian’s, Sliema and Valletta.

The CEO of this company, Harald Roesch, said that when the company switched on the first 5G antenna at the Madliena data centre, they noticed that the impact of 5G on emissions is very low and much lower than what the Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) considers safe.

James Spina, an official from the same company, explained that before the testing began, the energy from radio waves emitted by all telecoms operators was measured in 282 places around Malta. He said that the measure of the levels next to the antenna is 100 times less than what is considered safe for the public at all the sites tested, except for one.

“The reasons for doing this trial and for taking this measurement is specifically so that we can be certain that the equipment we are installing does not exceed the levels stipulated by law and by the regulators on Melita. In fact, from the results we have received and that we have, it clearly shows that the levels taken are less than the limits that we need to work with.”

The company is publishing the results on its website. In collaboration with the Swedish company Ericsson, Melita began its preparation to introduce 5G in 2018 and one year later it obtained a network on a national level. The Malta Communications Authority is also monitoring these tests.