AntennaSome say that the only answer to the above question is: Because the massive corporate and industrial interests in 5G technology override the authority and responsibility of those elected to look after the best interests of their nation’s citizens. It’s likely this is allowed to happen because the current measure of success is determined by the economic capacity of the nation rather than the health, safety and well-being of its citizens and the environment.

Concerned scientists, doctors and citizens who have looked into the 5G health risks and issues are calling for a substantial slowing down of the 5G roll-out but nobody in central or local government appears to be listening to the facts. Where are the guardians of public safety and the representatives of the people? Where is simple common-sense precaution? The ghosts of thalidomide, tobacco and asbestos are rattling in the background and still most of us squirm a bit then check our phones yet again. The current radiofrequency and microwave smog is thick enough. But we are about to take an almighty leap for the ‘masters’ of mankind. We’ve seen nothing yet!

In Australia, Telstra’s CEO Andy Penn has announced how his company is now fast-tracking 5G with installations already in place in certain areas. If you live in Australia you need to read this if you are interested in knowing what is going on …

Until 5G phones hit the markets, probably next year, the emphasis will be on ramping up industrial and commercial applications of the so-called Internet  of Things (IoL). In New Zealand Spark has recently switched on its second Internet of Things (IoT) network, LTE Cat-M1 (M1), which will run over Spark’s 4G mobile network. On its website ( the company announces that “Spark is the first operator in New Zealand to make its M1 network commercially available in main centres with a progressive nationwide rollout happening in the coming months.” The smart metering company Landis+Gyr has announced that it will be switching to the Spark M1 infrastructure which will be used for further roll-outs of smart meters. IoT applications in various industries, including farming, will be implemented. It appears that all of this is part of the overall infrastructure roll-out and subsequent marketing strategy for 5G. Don’t expect to see headlines about all of this in your local newspaper, radio or TV news! But watch the changing face of related consumer advertising over the coming months. And watch for the blind stampede to the phone shops in the coming year or two as the good people of New Zealand line up so that they can download a movie in two seconds. Wow!

Spark managing director Simon Moutter recently said, “We are undertaking detailed planning to ‘map’ expected 5G cell site densities in New Zealand and, as a result of this planning and the learnings we have taken from our 5G testing, we are forming a good understanding of how many new sites we will need for 5G, and where,” He also said, “We have already begun a build program to increase the number of cell sites in our existing mobile network — which will enable us to meet near-term capacity demand as well as lay the groundwork for network densification required for 5G.”

The sad thing is that the damaging stuff is actually invisible. Out of sight and out of mind. The towers and poles are ugly – but who else actually sees them any more? The slick and colorful stuff bouncing across the slick screens entrances the unwary. Who and where would I be without my phone?!

Time to go outside and smell the roses, listen to the birds, be warmed by the sun.