Seychelles leading mobile operator, Cable & Wireless Seychelles (CWS) is set to roll out 5G network to consumers later this month in partnership with Chinese’s Huawei. 5G, which is also known as the fifth-generation cellular network, is enhanced to improve browsing and downloading speed. 

But in this archipelago in the Indian Ocean there are fears that Huawei, the Chinese multinational telecommunications company, might expose consumers to various diseases through its 5G technology.

Speaking at the recent launch, Charles Hammond, a chief executive of CWS, said consumers should feel comfortable to use 5G as there are no records of the technology being linked to diseases.

“5G is the innovation platform that will see the realisation of our richer lives; ultralow 5G latency is critical for automated driving to remote medical surgery and advanced virtual reality. 5G will enable smarter and more convenient living and working environments helping to digitise economies and societies,” said Hammond.

Benjamin Choppy, a principal in the Information Department said they were looking at 5G as a new development and innovation. 

“We have observed that there is a lot of concern raised by the public on the health problems it may cause. But for now, we are following guidance from the World Health Organisation,” Choppy said.

5G network requires a minimum of 100 gigabytes (GB) of data as its speed is 1GB per second, according to CWS. 

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