EE is laying the foundation for a 5G launch in August 2019


James Rogerson

By James Rogerson 11 September 2018

We already know that EE is aiming to start rolling out a 5G network in 2019 – probably around August – and the company has just taken a big step towards that by announcing plans to upgrade more than 500 of its mobile towers in the next six months.

These are towers which currently broadcast a 3G signal, and they will of course not be upgraded straight to 5G in that time frame, but rather they’ll be upgraded to carry a 4G signal.

This upgrade will allow them to use 2100MHz spectrum (which EE currently uses for 3G) for 4G instead, as well as EE’s other spectrum bands, giving them five ‘carriers’ of 4G in total, which is more than any other UK mobile network.

That gives them access to the maximum amount of 4G spectrum, which is a strong jumping off point towards 5G, as EE has said it will build 5G sites on top of these ones, so it’s quite literally laying the foundations for 5G.

Good 5G needs good 4G

Building 5G on top of high-capacity 4G sites should allow for a faster roll out and a more stable 5G network than if the infrastructure was built completely from scratch. Indeed, Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer business, said:

“We are using the investment we made in 3G spectrum nearly 15 years ago to give customers today a great experience with the latest smartphones on 4G, and build our foundation for 5G in 2019. We’re constantly evolving, and the customer experience of 5G will be dictated by the quality of the 4G network underneath.”

And the sites weren’t picked at random either. They’re mostly spread across London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Exeter, Hull, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff and Belfast. In other words, busy urban locations which will need a robust 5G network.

As Allera notes though, you won’t have to wait for 5G to benefit. These upgrades will boost speed and reliability over 4G too, and can tap into the potential of the latest smartphones, which are designed to support connections to five carriers at once, using a tech called 5CA (five-channel carrier aggregation).

Useful read: What is 5G?

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EX MOD Scientist Dr Barrie Trower talks about 5G, Microwave & Frequency Weaponary.

Barrie Trower, who specialized in microwave “stealth” warfare during the Cold War, was to lecture at the University of Toronto.

“When I realized these same frequencies and powers [as weapons during the Cold War] were being used as Wi-Fi in schools, I decided to come out of retirement and travel around the world free of charge and explain exactly what the problem is going to be in the future,” Mr. Trower told Postmedia News in an interview.

…“What you are doing in schools is transmitting at low levels,” said Mr. Trower, who teaches at Britain’s Dartmoor College and holds a degree in physics.

Take Back Your Power 2017 (Official) – Smart Meter documentary

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Senator Patrick Colbeck Testifies Against 5G: Hearing 2018

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Senator Patrick Colbeck Testifies Against the deployment of 5G because of the reported health effects from wireless technologies in a hearing 2018. Learn more about 5G at…

The Privacyless, Freedomless Smart City of 2030

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Toronto mayoral candidate Faith Goldy vows to Make Toronto Safe Again if elected mayor of Toronto in the upcoming election. This outspoken critic of the liberal governments immigration policy has drawn criticism from the far left for being so called “Islamaphobic” which we at PFT have debunked as a non sensical term because it implies an irrational fear of something but the fact is there is nothing irrational about having concerns with a culture and religion that is at odds with our fundamental rights and values here in the west. In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth speaks with Faith Goldy about her campaign to become the next mayor of Toronto as well as the current state of “free speech” in Canada.

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Death from the sky in northern B.C.

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The images are alarming.  In photo #1 — a wetland with abundant green grasses, broad leaf plants and young trees, an ideal habitat for insects, amphibians, birds, and mammals.  In photo #2 — the same wetland gripped by a grey death after being sprayed from helicopters with the herbicide glyphosate.  Most of the vegetation (except for a few coniferous trees) is now dead and the insects and other animals gone.

Despite its alarming nature, this scene is played out every year over thousands of hectares in the northern Interior of BC with the Prince George and Quesnel regions being ground zero for the bulk of the spraying (Photo #3).

Such were some of the graphic images shown at a packed meeting on the evening of March 28 at UNBC organized by Stop The Spray BC, featuring forestry activists James Steidle and Herb Martin as presenters.  The title of the meeting was “Starving moose, burning forests and contaminated blueberries: a case for broadleaves and a new paradigm in Central British Columbia.”

As the presenters explained, the group is circulating a petition calling upon the B.C. government to stop spraying the province’s forests with herbicide (1).  Currently, between 10,000 and 20,000 hectares of forests are sprayed every year mostly in the Central Interior.  Since 1980, over 1.3 million hectares have either been sprayed with the herbicide glyphosate or manually brushed in the province.

The rationale the government is using to justify this massive spraying is that it promotes the growth of conifers like spruce and pine (which are immune to glyphosate), while killing other broadleaf species like aspen, birch, cottonwood and willow.  Because there is a lack of mills in the region that process broadleaf trees, species like aspen are classified as “weeds” to be eliminated.  This is despite the fact that aspen and other broadleaf woods are very useful materials and are extensively processed in some other jurisdictions.  In addition, broadleaf trees like aspen sequester 45 per cent more carbon than lodgepole pine and 25 per cent more than interior spruce thus helping mitigate global warming.

Nonetheless, timber companies are required by government legislation to eliminate the so-called weed trees in areas they have logged or else face penalties.  A preferred way to accomplish this is to dump herbicide in massive doses on the land base.  Manual, non-spray brushing could potentially create many more seasonal jobs in the forest.  Yet that method is little utilized today.

But, as Steidle and Martin pointed out during the March 28 meeting, there is a serious downside to choosing spraying.  Glyphosate is highly toxic to a wide variety of plant life, including broad leaf trees and shrubs, as well as flowering and fruit bearing plants, like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and Saskatoon berries.  This smorgasbord of vegetation serves as vital food for a wide range of wildlife, from bees and other insects to birds, beaver, moose and deer.  For example, aspen ecosystems provide habitat “for at least 55 species of mammals and 135 species of birds.”  However, after the grey death of spraying, this wildlife either dies from starvation or is forced to relocate.  In addition, the herbicide glyphosate, which is manufactured by the giant chemical corporation Monsanto, is highly toxic to a number of amphibians, insects and invertebrates.

Spraying also changes the bio-diversity of the forest. Coupled with preferred planting practices, it propagates monocultures of trees, especially of lodgepole pine.  This, in turn, creates more favorable conditions for the spread of insect infestations, like the mountain pine beetle, and diseases.  Forestry scientist Suzanne Simard of UBC points out that forests are complex adaptive systems, where all of the species, including those pesky broadleaves, shrubs and herbs … interact and adapt to create a resilient whole system that is greater than the sum of its parts” (2).  Narrowly focusing on growing just one part of the forest system, i.e. pine or other conifers, disrupts the whole system and causes it to be more susceptible to stress, insects and other disturbances than a mixed system of forest.  Indeed, some studies have shown that far from hindering the growth of pine and spruce, broadleaf species play a role in facilitating it.

The summer of 2017 saw major forest fires in British Columbia.  Ironically, one of the natural firebreaks on forest fires can sometimes be the same broadleaf trees that are being eradicated by spraying.  As proof, Steidle and Martin displayed photos of an out-of-control forest fire which stopped when it reached a large grove of green-leaved aspen.  These broadleaf trees are less flammable than conifers because they have higher water content and lower resin.

Contrary to what the Monsanto corporation argues, some sources are claiming that glyphosate can also have a toxic effect on human beings.  For example, the World Health Organization says that the herbicide is “probably carcinogenic” and there have been various reports of people and livestock sickened by the spray.  This does not bode well for Indigenous people and others who gather berries, herbs and other foods from the forest.  In that respect, some jurisdictions, municipalities and countries have already banned glyphosate and others are considering doing so, although the herbicide is still widely used not only in forestry but in the raising of crops, rail side clearing and for other purposes.

As opposition to spraying from foresters, scientists, ranchers, trappers, residents and communities grows in our region and across the province, how long will such an irrational, environmentally-destructive practice continue?

Peter Ewart is a columnist and writer based in Prince George, British Columbia.  He can be reached at:

  1. Stop The Spray BC. March 30, 2018.
  2. Simard, Suzanne. “Free growing: Caught in a modern Kodak moment.” BC Forest Professional.  Sept / Oct 2012.

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Google, Amazon and IBM all trying to acquire your hospital records; issue statement demanding end of patient privacy

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(Natural News) Doesn’t it feel like a net is closing in around us from every direction lately? Big Tech companies like Google and YouTube have the independent media in a stranglehold of censorship and control, more and more states are enforcing mandatory vaccines, and now a group consisting of Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft and other tech giants has issued a statement pushing for unfettered access to the medical records of every American citizen.

While mainstream media sources like CNBC have expressed approval for this type of access, they also acknowledge that tech companies might not have strictly altruistic reasons for wanting these records to become accessible to all. As CNBC noted, “The lack of open standards around health data is a huge barrier for them to get into the $3 trillion health system.”

Interestingly, these companies are rivals in many ways, so the fact that they would work together on this initiative speaks volumes about how desperately they want to break down the barriers that are keeping them locked out of this lucrative market.

Data sharing restrictions

Both Google and Microsoft have been open about their interest in the storage and sharing of health care information for at least the past decade. Unfortunately for them, however, there are laws in place which protect patient rights to the secrecy of such information. There are very specific rules governing who may access such records, which medical conditions have to be reported by health care practitioners, and the specific circumstances under which a patient may choose to waive their rights to such privacy. These laws differ from state to state, further complicating the issue of medical record sharing. (Related: Your medical records aren’t safe – Ruling allows federal government to seize medical records without a warrant.)

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Risks associated with making medical records accessible

The Conversation warned back in 2015, that while there are benefits associated with easy information transfer between doctors and other medical professionals, there are also serious pitfalls to be considered. One of these risks revolves around the issue of abuse or mistreatment by relatives and others:

References to abuse or maltreatment in the medical record seen by household members may lead to escalation of the abuse, restrictions on access to healthcare for victims, or pressure or aggression directed at health staff in demands to change the record.

There is also the case of abused and neglected children, whose parents may have authorised access to their records. The 30% of women and 16% of men who experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and the 24% of children who experience abuse or neglect over childhood are at risk of further harm. Without the assurance of confidentiality, how can we expect patients to seek help from their GP for the full range of physical, emotional, sexual, and social problems that may affect them?

The sharing of this type of information could also be prejudicial should insurance companies and others gain access to it and deny patients coverage for specific health conditions.

Then there is the issue of medical identity fraud, in which desperate thieves falsely access medical care using the stolen identities of other people. In one such example, a woman named Linda Weaver was billed for the amputation of her right foot and had an incredibly tough time when she refused to pay, even though she was fully able to prove that her right foot was still in its rightful place on her body!

Many victims of such fraud are unaware that their medical identity has been stolen until they receive a hospital bill or inquiry from their insurance company. The potentially damaging credit reports that result from such theft can affect the victim’s future job prospects, since many Fortune 500 companies require access to medical records when hiring or promoting. And even more concerning is the fact that medical identity theft can result in fatal future hospital errors.

Let’s hope, then, that the government stands its ground against the tech giants that seem to be taking over the world, and continues to refuse them access to what is essentially none of their business. Read for more true stories of tech giants invading your privacy.

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