Is 5G experimental technology being used in City of london Council area

Andrew Peacher made this Freedom of Information request to City of London Corporation

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Dear City of London Corporation,

1a What Is meant by a control Management system when experimenting with this technology ?

1b Who is the telecoms supplier or supplier of this experimental technology ?

1 c is this new 5g technology is it safe to be near for people and birds ?

1 d can you 100 percent this will never kill a animal or human ?

1 e Can this technology be used to spy or listen to peoples private conversations or video their actions with in their own homes ?

1 f What is the cost to the tax payer for using this 5g experimental technology per population or per person or per budget.

1 e Can this technology cause mental health issues in the area ?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Peacher

COL-EB-InformationOfficer, City of London Corporation

Dear Andrew Peacher,

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 (FOIA) – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

The City of London (CoL) acknowledges receipt of your request for information of 5 April 2018.

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The FOIA applies to the CoL as a local authority, police authority and port health authority. The CoL is the local and police authority for the “Square Mile”, ie the historic City of London, and not for London as a whole. Please see the following page containing a link to a map (‘Explore the City’), which shows the local authority area covered by the CoL:
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The CoL does have some functions, including Port Health Authority functions, which extend beyond the City boundary. For further information please see: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely,

Compliance (FOI)
Comptroller & City Solicitor’s Department
City of London
Tel: 020-7332 1209
www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

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Murphy, Ellen, City of London Corporation

Dear Mr Peacher
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 (FOIA) - INFORMATION REQUEST
 
Following your request of 5 April and our acknowledgement of the same
date,  the City of London (CoL) responds as follows.
 
The CoL confirms that it does not hold the information in relation to
question 1a of your request.  Nor does the CoL hold information on
questions 1c; 1d; 1e; or 1g, however, our advisory partner, Kings College
London, has agreed that their information can be used in this response. 
 
1a       What Is meant by a control Management system  when experimenting
with this technology ?
 
Information not held. 
 
1b  Who is the telecoms supplier or supplier of this experimental
technology?
 
5G is the next generation of mobile standards which is currently not
available in the UK or anywhere else in the world and therefore there are
no suppliers of this technology yet.  5G is expected to be rolled out from
2020 onwards and it is expected that it will be adopted by all UK mobile
operators.  The CoL is undertaking an internal 5G trial at the Guildhall
which is likely to go live in June 2018 and will show the capabilities of
5G. It will not emit 5G signals to areas outside of the Guildhall.
 
1c  is this new 5g technology is it safe to be near for people and birds?
 
The CoL does not hold information on this matter.  Our partner, Kings
College, has commented:  5G will use 3 new frequencies: 700MHz, 3.5GHz and
26GHz. 700MHz and 26GHz do not resonate with biological tissues, and thus
have no impact on living beings. 3.5GHz is just out of the resonance band
of biological tissue. Furthermore, the biggest radiation contribution
comes from the humans holding the mobile phone close to the head; now, in
5G, we will have more base stations which means that the radiation power
of the mobile phones can be much, much lower than in 4G. Whilst formal
studies have not been done yet, it seems that 5G will be safe to use. 
 
1d can you 100 percent this will never kill a animal or human?
 
The CoL does not hold any information on this matter. Our partner, Kings
College, has commented: As per above response, the impact onto biological
beings from a radiation point of view will be statistically negligible.
 
1e  Can this technology be used  to spy or listen to peoples private
conversations or video their actions  with in their own homes?
 
The CoL does not hold any information on this matter.  Our partner, Kings
College, has commented:  This is not the purpose of 5G technologies.  We
cannot comment however on any secondary use of this technology by nation
states.
 
1f   What is the cost to the tax payer for using this 5g experimental
technology per population or per person or per budget?
 
The cost of the 5G trial is £100K.  Based on the CoL’s combined population
of workers and residents (489,000 people) this equates to 20 pence per
person.
 
1g  Can this technology cause mental health issues in the area?
 
The CoL does not hold any information on this matter.  Our partner Kings
College has commented: There is no evidence of this.
 
We hope that this response is of assistance.
 
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