The government plans to launch an information campaign on 5G to combat conspiracy theories and highlight the benefits of the new technology.
“[Some people] instead of observing the evolution of technology and enjoying the benefits of the modern media, fall prey to conspiracies,” President Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday.
The president spoke at the presidential palace after having received the report from communications commissioner George Michaelides.
Anastasiades also noted that efforts are underway to upgrade internet speeds and bids for 5G contracts are underway.
“For 5G there must be a campaign by providers and by you [communications commissioner] to nullify the arguments of the conspiracy theorists,” the president said.
Anastasiades noted that in the past, objections to 5G networks in Cyprus have led to “illegal and criminal activities”.
Antennas and telephone masts have been set on fire on various occasions in Cyprus, incidents which increased during the pandemic.
In late September, the Ormidia community council has declared the village a 5G free zone – effectively attempting to ban the technology in its area.
The Larnaca district village said that its community council has unanimously decided to oppose the placement of new 5G antennas within its administrative boundaries.
As for the EU, the 27-nations see 5G as the linchpin of its economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and technology autonomy, with its promise to enable everything from self-driving cars to remote surgery and more automated manufacturing.