According to the Reuters news agency, UK authorities indicate that there is no link between the implementation of 5G in that country and the current crisis caused by the Corona (COVID-19) virus. This is their response to recent attacks on mobile base stations in the country.

The UK authorities are responding to a rumour that has been circulating in the UK for some time now. The current roll-out of 5G networks by UK mobile operators is linked to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As a result, mobile base stations have been set on fire in various parts of the UK over the past week. These fires caused problems with the 2G, 3G and 4G services.

Responses to attacks

The British government now states, Reuters reports, that the rumour is a form of fake news and that it has no scientific background whatsoever. The national British healthcare organisation NHS also confirms this and states that this type of action endangers the provision of care in this time of crisis.

Angry mobile telecom operators

The various telecom operators also debunk the rumour and are very angry about the vandalism. A spokesman for Vodafone says that these attacks should be seen as a breach of national security and that tough action should be taken against the attackers.