Telecom company Cellnex Telecom will report a fire that raged in a transmission tower in Deurne in Brabant on Saturday night Sunday, writes the NOS . The owner of the radio mast suspects arson.
Several cell towers were set on fire in the UK last weekend. The arson followed the spread of fake online news, in which a link is made between 5G radiation and the corona virus.
The British Ministry of Digital Affairs, Culture, Media and Sport has warned on Twitter about the fake news reports. Minister for Cabinet Affairs Michael Gove previously called the reports "dangerous nonsense".
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 recommended limit of the European Union.
It is not known whether there is a link between the fires in the United Kingdom and the fire in Deurne. An electrical box near the transmission tower said 'Fuck 5G', although it is not known whether it was written around the same time the fire broke out.
The Cellnex Telecom does suspect that there was an arson. "We conducted an on-site investigation together with the supplier," says Ed Boerema, manager at Cellnex Telecom to NOS . "The fire started on the outside of the equipment cabinet. On this basis, we conclude that the fire did not start in the cabinet or was caused by a short circuit."
The mast in Deurne is used by multiple providers for 2G, 3G and 4G connections. 5G has not yet been rolled out in the Netherlands, the frequencies have yet to be auctioned. This will take place before June 30, 2020.
Cellnex Telecom was not available on Monday evening for questions from NU.nl.