November 2021

5G Benefits and 5G Safety

5G Benefits and 5G Safety

5G technologies have the potential to offer significant social and economic benefit across the UK. However, anti-5G sentiment amongst some in society is a fact that we acknowledge and wherever possible, questions and concerns should be addressed.  On this page you will find assets and tools, grounded in peer-reviewed science and an evidence based approach, to support discussion about these concerns.

We add to this page as more resources become available. If there are specific tools that would help you in deploying 5G let us know by emailing 

Benefits of 5G & Related Resources

It is important that wherever possible any 5G conversation also acknowledges the real, tangible applications and use cases that will deliver benefit to people and organisations across the UK. 

The following tools and articles have been created to showcase exactly what 5G can do and why that is important.

How 5G will support industry and regional growth and prosperity

5G can enable operational efficiencies, drove productivity and provide new, immersive ways to meaningfully interact with consumers.  5G connectivity can therefore be a critical tool in securing regional growth and prosperity, from manufacturing and agriculture to tourism.

Mobile UK: How 5G will help the environment

5G technology can measure and monitor the environment much more quickly and easily than humans and existing technology can. 5G will mean that action can be taken sooner to prevent or address environmental harm and damage.

Mobile UK: Why 5G will help healthcare

5G technology will provide more opportunity to speak directly to healthcare professionals, and new ways to be treated by them.

A Guide to Mobile Telecoms Masts

Everything you need to know about what masts are, their component parts, the different types of masts and why we need them

Mobile UK: Other benefits

Their mini pack series explores the societal benefits of 5G, click on the front page of each pack to read more.

Mobile UK: How 5G can reduce emissions and support net zero

This report from Mobile UK demonstrates the significant role that the widespread utilisation and adoption of 5G technology can play to help us to reach these targets to reduce our impact on the natural world.

5G Safety & Related Resources

You’ll find here guides and articles which explain very clearly what 5G is (and what it isn't) as well as information about EMF readings gathered throughout the UK and practical how to guides for local authorities; these can be used to overcome any misconceptions people may have. We recognise that just presenting the positives of 5G is not enough; it is important that concerns are directly addressed wherever possible.  We want to support you in being able to provide clear, informative responses to specific objections that help the public understand the level of associated risk. The tools found here will help you to do exactly that.

5G Safety Messaging Document

A messaging document, created by UK5G, to help you communicate with communities and businesses who may have questions or concerns around 5G.  This document has been based on consultations with local authorities and projects who are deploying 5G as well as experts from the fields of telecoms, engineering, epidemiology and psychology.  To request a copy please email

5G Cheatsheet for Local Authorities

A simple cheatsheet, created by UK5G, to help you access the most appropriate resources to answer questions from your communities.  To request a copy please email

FAQ guide for Elected Officials

A frequently asked questions guide for elected officials, produced by UK5G, featuring questions submitted by various local authorities across the UK. To request a copy please email 

FAQ guide for Planning Officers

A frequently asked questions guide for planning officials, produced by UK5G, featuring questions submitted by various local authorities across the UK.  To request a copy please email

How To Guide: 5G Freedom of Information Requests

A practical guide, produced by UK5G, to help local authorities respond to FOI queries relating to 5G.  Featuring sample FOI requests submitted by various local authorities across the UK.  To request a copy please email

5G mobile technology: a guide

This guide, produced by Government and Ofcom, explains the facts about 5G to help you deal with queries from the public and to combat the disinformation that is spreading online.

5G EMF Readings

Read about Ofcom's EMF consultations, statements, technical reports of EMF readings across the UK and how they're ensuring spectrum users can demonstrate compliance to ICNIRP guidelines.

Allaying health concerns regarding 5G and exposure to radio waves

An IET guide for policy makers and local planning authorities.

What is 5G? Naked Scientist Podcast

An interview in June 2019 with Paul Beastall, UK5G Advisory Board

Mobile UK: Local Authority Guide

Mobile UK have created a guide for councillors and officers to use as required to help explain 5G to constituents.

5G Health & Environmental Effects

A review of current information on the effects of wireless communications on health and environmental health and whether 5G raises any new issues. Last updated October 2019.

Everything you need to know on the 5G-powered future (WHICH)

Find out more on 5G speeds and its impact on autonomous cars, healthcare and the cities of the future.

Report on the safety of Electromagnetic radiation in 5G NR (Rohde & Schwarz)

Find more about beamforming 5G and frequencies above 3 GHz.