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The almighty geopolitical and technological row going on about allowing or not the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to set up the 5G infrastructure in Western countries, for fear of backdoor espionage by the Chinese government, has already cost his post to the UK Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson. He was accused of leaking to the press that the UK Government was preparing to disregard the US paranoid advice and go ahead with Huawei installations.
The relationship between the UK Government and Huawei is long and convoluted, which has been comprehensively researched by True Publica. In summary, the usual financial interests have been given priority over other concerns since David Cameron’s was Prime Minister.
Politically sensitive as the issue may be, what is emerging from research into the 5G technology itself is that it may create serious interference with meteorological detection systems that would create dangers to the population.
Global 5G wireless networks threaten weather forecasts (Nature):
The research into possible interference mentions that it is likely to reduce the capacity to forecast hurricanes and tornados, including the largest and life threatening meteorological events. It seems that the precautionary principle applies only to economic or political competition but when it comes to obtaining market advantages the US has jumped the gun and has started to implement the technology before it has proven to be safe. No doubt Huawei is doing the same since we live in a world driven by profit rather than human well being.