Telstra Warns 5G Scare Campaign Is Growing
Australia's largest telecommunications provider warns a health scare campaign about the upcoming 5G mobile network was gaining momentum.
Telstra has also asked the government in its submission to parliamentary inquiry to free up more radio bandwidth to make way for the 5G network.
The telco is set to kick off the first round of hearings for an inquiry into 5G in the Gold Coast on Tuesday, with the Queensland transport department and water utility also to appear.
The government needed to "quickly and respectfully" address a small number of the community's fears about the network, Telstra's submission says.
"Telstra would like to see a broad-based government communications campaign explaining 5G technology is safe," it says.
Queensland's Transport Department has warned in its submission installing the new infrastructure required for the network would blow out time frames and costs for road works.
It also said while companies are spruiking 5G as a way to get self-driving cars on the road, regulations around autonomous vehicles needed to be carefully considered.
The new mobile network would boost mobile data speeds and provide smoother phone connections.
Chinese telecommunications company Huawei was banned from joining the 5G network over security concerns, which were mirrored in New Zealand and the United States.