Betrayal by the president of the Geneva cantonal government which had voted a moratorium on 5G. Betrayal by the government of the Confederation which had voted not to raise limit values for mobile phone antennas. Profit reigns over health. The Swiss Confederation owns the majority of shares in Swisscom. No one is listening to the voice of the people. Democracy has died.
Swisscom deploys 5G and creates controversy
by Sami Zaïbi, ABO+, Tribune de Genève, 18 April 2019 - translation
Geneva: The operator is launching its 5G network in Geneva. Antonio Hodgers had nevertheless assured that the Canton would "not rush" this controversial technology
|5G antennas in Geneva in operation|
Swisscom has taken everyone by surprise. While a national debate is underway on the usefulness and health impacts of 5G, the Cantons of Geneva and Vaud have passed a moratorium on technology, and anti-5G collectives have formed, with great fanfare, the operator today launched its national 5G network, the first to cover major cities, including the City of Calvin. Sunrise had launched the technology in March in small towns and cities.
Swisscom's announcement is particularly surprising in Geneva: last week, the President of the Council of State Antonio Hodgers made it clear that the technology would not be coming to the canton any time soon. While he urged the Grand Council to refer the moratorium on 5G (which was finally adopted by 58 votes to 28) to the committee, he had insisted on reassuring elected officials about the progress of the implementation of the technology: "In any case, we are not going to rush to install these antennas. It is a process that first requires public inquiries, all of which must be subject to a weighing of interests, particularly for health, development or heritage. We're certainly not going to rush, that's for sure. I don't have a request on my desk for a 5G antenna yet, to be very clear. When there are, we will treat them with due attention."