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Vodacom statement on 5G and health

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

There is no credible scientific evidence linking 5G or mobile technologies to the spread of Coronavirus.

The international standards body ICNIRP considers all potential impacts on human health relating to mobile phone frequencies including 5G.  Following an extensive review of the best science currently available, in March 2020 ICNIRP confirmed that there are no adverse effects on human health from 5G frequencies if exposure is within their guidelines.  

Vodacom operates its mobile networks strictly within national regulations that are typically based on or exceed ICNIRP’s guidelines.

Vodacom is also committed to assisting government in curbing the spread of fake news about Coronavirus in line with Section 11 (5) of the Emergency Regulations published in the Government Gazette on 18 March 2020. This means that any person who publishes any statement through any medium, including Social Media, with the intention to deceive any other person about COVID-19 commits an offence and is liable for on conviction to a fine and / or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.  


Statement by GSMA

Media articles:
TechCentral - ‘Worst kind of fake news’: 5G conspiracy theories run wild

No evidence that 5G poses a health risk: Icasa

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Vodacom statement on 5G and health | Vodacom Group