Many industry professionals refuse to acknowledge the concerns of the general public when it comes to 5G. One of the very few industry bodies to tackle the issue head-on has been the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). ARPANSA have invested considerable time in developing articles to address safety concerns as well as directly engaging the public on social media in a Q & A format. But something very concerning remains unaddressed.
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In this article we're going to take a very brief look at the technology behind the three Australian mobile network operators.
We're going to have a look at a small section of their networks as they stand deployed in October 2019. We've analysed theoretical network performance for a location in Clayton, Victoria for the Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone networks. The results, while anecdotal, provide some insight in benchmarking data rates of the three networks.
Recently our team was engaged to design a 100 Mbps microwave connection between two industrial sites in South East Queensland. Despite the short distance some considerable heights would be required in order to clear vegetation and buildings along the path.
We used a DJI Phantom drone to estimate the necessary height at which optical line of sight could be achieved. The drone estimated a relative level from where the height of the building would be deducted to determine whether installing a roof tower was practical.