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5G Cellular Network

5G stands for 5th generation. It’s the latest cellular network after 2G, 3G, and 4G. The 5G network is more technologically advanced and implementation has begun throughout the world and here in Aotearoa New Zealand.

All cellular networks use radio waves to transmit data. Like light, radio waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation. Radio waves have been used in NZ for radio since the 1920s and cell phones since the 1980s. Like waves breaking on the beach, radio waves can vary in intensity (how big they are) and in frequency (how often they arrive, which is related to how far they are apart, wavelength). The frequency (or wavelength) and intensity of an electromagnetic wave determines how much data the waves can carry and how strong the signal will be, as well as whether the waves are harmless or not.

Read the 5G in Aotearoa New Zealand report from the Office of the Prime Minister.

5G in Nelson City Workshop

A workshop has been arranged to enable members of the public to bring 5G matters to the attention of the local authority.

5G in Nelson City 9.30am – 11.30am Monday 9 March 2020
Nelson City Council, 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson 7010, Council Chamber Level 2A
This workshop will also be live-streamed and available for on-demand viewing on Council’s YouTube channel.