Fire in four Dutch transmission towers: concerns about accessibility 112
Last week, four radio masts in the Netherlands had a fire, reports interest group Monet, the link between providers and the government. The most recent fire took place in Nuenen on the night from Thursday to Friday. It is now not possible to call 112 within a radius of 5 kilometers around the transmission tower. The fires took place in Beesd (Gelderland), Rotterdam and the Brabant towns of Deurne and Nuenen. In all cases, the fire started at the bottom and on the outside of the transmission tower. This indicates arson. All fires have been reported.
The loss of a radio mast due to fire can lead to reduced mobile accessibility. "Incidents of this kind have consequences for mobile coverage in the region, which means that 112 may no longer be accessible in the region, with all the associated consequences," says Rob Bongenaar, director of Monet. Bongenaar is very concerned. "The availability of a reliable digital infrastructure is essential. This applies in a general sense and especially at a time when connections are badly needed for hospitals and care homes, for example. The mobile network is more essential than ever to keep the Netherlands connected."
Fear of radiation 5G
Last weekend were several cell towers on fire in the United Kingdom stabbed . This happened after the spread of online fake news in which a link is made between 5G radiation and the corona virus.
New transmission masts will be installed for the roll-out of the 5G network. Critics are concerned that the radiation from the masts may cause damage to health, although research has shown that the radiation remains below the limit recommended by the European Union.
It is not known whether there is a link between the fires in the United Kingdom and the fires in the Netherlands. An electrical box near the transmission tower in Deurne had the text 'Fuck 5G', although it is not known whether this was written around the time the fire broke out.
"A worrying development"
Last year, after the announced rollout of 5G networks in the Netherlands, the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) already established that protests against transmission masts had received a new impulse.
These often took the form of demonstrations, but have never before led to extremist protests such as the sabotage and arson of the past few days, the NCTV writes . "A worrying development."
Translated from Dutch to English with Google translate