seize opportunities, debunk myths – POLITICO


Good news normally receives less attention than bad news. Misinformation and misinformation about 5G are no exception. However, the reality on the ground reveals many untold stories of how local communities across Europe are seizing the opportunities of 5G deployment in their territory.

Inspirational case studies of nine European countries

Industry reports show us some attractive figures: The full deployment of 5G in Europe could create 2.4 new million jobs by 2025, generate 113 billion euros per year in GDP and reduce emissions of CO2 up to 15%. What is behind these headlines is a myriad of real-life case studies flourishing in European communities.

The full deployment of 5G in Europe could lead to 2.4 million new jobs by 2025, generate 113 billion euros per year in GDP and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 15%.

In a 5G guide that ETNO published with the GSMA, we have brought together some of the best practices from across Europe. In France, the port of Marseille uses a 5G compatible robot to keep the waters clean. In Italy, the historic city of Matera shapes virtual reality tours of its 1,300-year-old monuments via 5G. In Germany, the Bonn hospital manages the influx of urgent patients through transparent 5G communications. In Spain, the Ferrol shipyard builds precision vessels using 5G to attract remote talent and ensure the safety of workers on site. In Portugal, the city of Aveiro is creating high-tech jobs with a 5G cluster, while Estonia’s TalTech University is inventing new 5G products in its “Smart Campus”.

These are just a few examples gathered in our 5G Guide, which can inspire many other communities across Europe to get even smarter and grow in a more sustainable way.

Don’t forget the misinformation

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit Europe in early 2020, 5G disinformation disseminated online has sparked more than 288 arson attacks on aerials, as well as several episodes of violence against telecom workers in 13 European countries, including 30 attacks during the first three months of this year. (see the presentation of the GSMA here).

In a 5G guide that ETNO published with the GSMA, we have brought together some of the best practices from across Europe.

It reminds us that misinformation and misinformation online can have real consequences. Ultimately, just as with vaccines, it can even go so far as to harm the strategic interests of entire nations and slow human progress.

On the one hand, institutions and companies have a moral obligation to discuss doubts, fears and all legitimate questions related to new technologies. That’s why our 5G Guide reviews all the scientific data available on electromagnetic fields and health. He does not shy away from questions about cancer fears or environmental aspects. Scientific data shows us that 5G can be deployed safely, for people and the environment.

False information, especially when it is deliberate, is very damaging to our society.

On the other hand, we support the efforts of the European institutions to tackle harmful online content and ensure that online platforms take their share of the responsibility by avoiding the intoxication of democratic debate. False information, especially when it is deliberate, is very damaging to our society.

Involve local communities

5G is revolutionary technology. One that already offers new socio-economic opportunities to local communities across Europe. European, national and local institutions should work hand in hand to discuss opportunities, explain safety limits and fight myths. Higher levels of government, as well as telecommunications companies, cannot do it alone: ​​we must engage with mayors and their local communities. We need to work together to realize the full potential of 5G, so that we can create new jobs and support a smarter and greener way of doing business across Europe.

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