In early 2020 conspiracy theorists started to claim that the Coronavirus is linked to 5G technology, these claims linking 5G network to Coronavirus are unfounded says Principal Secretary for ICT and Innovation Jerome Ochieng.
The PS says there is no scientific data linking the deadly virus to the deployment of fifth-generation mobile technology.
In an exclusive interview with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation(KBC) reporter Regina Manyara Gitau, the PS added that Kenya has begun 5G trials in the 2.6 and 3.5 GHz frequency bands.
Despite the backing to revitalize telecommunications on a global scale, theories have emerged linking 5G roll out to the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Some theorists’ claim that 5G damages the immune system, leaving affected individuals highly exposed to the disease while others claim that 5G mobile networks are being deployed in high-frequency bands of up to 60 GHz, thus causing ionization of the oxygen molecules in the air.
The PS revealed that plans are at an advanced stage to deploy 5G network in the country, with trials already underway in the 2.6 and 3.5 GHz frequency bands.
The rollout of 5G will provide higher speeds and better connectivity, mitigating the concerns of individuals who avoid transacting on their phones due to slow connections.
In the coming weeks the country is to attain 100 per cent internet connectivity through the Google Loon–Telcom project.
Once deployed Kenya will become the fourth African country to launch 5G networks using Huawei’s technology, following South Africa, Egypt and Uganda.
In Other News – Kenya records 15 new Coronavirus cases, total now 296
Kenya recorded 15 new coronavirus cases bringing the country’s total number to 296, Health CAS Mercy Mwangangi said.
Out of these, 11 are Kenyans, while four are foreigners. Seven hail from Mombasa County, six from Nairobi County while two come from Mandera County.
With regard to gender, seven are males while eight are female, all aged between 19-75 years of age. continue reading
Source – KBC