Cell site attacks

There have been 14 attempted attacks on cell phone towers over the last six weeks, most of them in Auckland and some of them successfully disabling communications at a time that remote communication was all that people had under lockdown.

This is thought to be related to anti-5G conspiracies.

Newsroom:  Auckland may lose reception as cell tower sabotage continues

There have been 14 attempted arson attacks carried out against cell towers and other mobile network infrastructure in the past six weeks.

Of these, 10 have occurred in Auckland, the Telecommunications Forum (TCF) has said in a statement.

Vandalism began in early April, coinciding with a massive uptick in the popularity of false 5G-related conspiracy theories, including one that wrongly attributes blame for the coronavirus pandemic to the wireless technology. Newsroom understands that none of the towers targeted in recent attacks are 5G-related.

“These attacks are infuriating and can have real connectivity impacts for New Zealanders – meaning people could have reduced mobile phone and internet coverage in an area with a damaged cell site, which is a real issue particularly in South Auckland. While we’ve been able to keep customers connected so far, each attack has a cumulative negative impact,” said Tony Baird, Vodafone NZ’s wholesale and infrastructure director.

“This is senseless activity and sadly, the greatest damage it causes is to the local homes and businesses who are having their technology cut off at a time when they need it most,” said Martin Sharrock, chief technology officer for 2degrees.

“Attacks on critical infrastructure are inexcusable at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic. A disruption to mobile connectivity can put New Zealanders at risk by cutting off access to critical services like 111, we encourage anyone who sees suspicious activity near a cell tower to contact police or crime stoppers,” Mark Beder, Spark NZ’s technology director, said.

The nutters seem to have had some success spreading conspiracy stories.

NZ Compare, a consumer advice and transparency firm, released a survey in December that found 46 percent of Kiwis are concerned that 5G might affect human health and a third were worried about its impact on animals and plants. Such worries are unfounded, according to scientific experts, but the movement opposing 5G is surprisingly widespread, as Newsroom reported in October.

Anti-5G protesters are concerned the technology could kill bees or give humans cancer, but the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor has launched a new website to dispel these myths.

“The radio waves used for 5G have frequencies that are ten thousand times too low to damage molecules,” the website states.

“Radio waves can heat our body if we are over-exposed to them. However, these effects can only occur when exposed directly to a very powerful source so that the heat builds up enough to damage tissue before it dissipates. 5G sources are simply not powerful enough to cause damage in this way.

That may assure some people but the nutters are unlikely to be swayed by facts or by science.

As people increasingly use mobile phones as their own means of making phone calls it raises risks of not being able to call emergency services due to disabled phone towers – there’s much more risk to life because of that than of too much radio waves.

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35 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  18th May 2020

    Hope The Fuzz catch this luddite asap. I’d love to get a look at them & find out which Party they vote for.

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    • Gezza

       /  18th May 2020

      Of course some of them might not vote at all.

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    • Duker

       /  18th May 2020

      Luddites in every party …ever heard of Maureen Pugh ( not that she is connected to this ludditery)

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      • Corky

         /  18th May 2020

        Yes, but some have more nuts than others…Labour and the Greens for example.

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        • Duker

           /  18th May 2020

          Nats have religious nutters and others with crackpot ideas as well, and ACT its a box of nutters

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          • Gezza

             /  18th May 2020

            Interesting thought. Most of the antivaxxers in the US seem to be Republicans or those with a libertarian bent.

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          • Corky

             /  18th May 2020

            Did I hit a tender point, Duker? You certainly have put plenty of vim and vigour into your reply?🤔

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  18th May 2020

      They’ll be Labour voters (if at all) with a class chip on their shoulder who have convinced themselves the richies with their latest iPhones are out killing the deserving beneficiaries. otherwise known as the workers.

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  2. Corky

     /  18th May 2020

    I have major concerns over 5G. If you have a brain, you should too. I have posted on cell towers before. The jury is still out on their safety. 5G adds another dimension to these concerns simply because more cell towers are needed, along with more power if I remember correctly.

    Notice anything unusual in the stock photo provided? While some may say the bloody tree is right next to the tower, what do you expect? I say you have to remember human cells are way more sensitive to a myriad of outside influences.

    That said, the nutters are putting peoples lives at risk. They are potentially messing with our economy and peoples lives. Obviously they have spent too much time on radiation emitting devices because they haven’t fathomed the horse has already bolted. Even if 5G is found to be deleterious to our health….what are we going to do? The only thing I can think of is building homes with radiation and radio wave absorbing materials. Maybe having clinics that allow people to have time away from these pernicious influences.

    I also find it unusual that cell phone tower vandalism is happening in South Auckland. I would have thought that’s the least of their worries. Of course, if I was a middleclass nut….

    ps- Nano Girl was interviewed on the news last night. Soothing reassuring words to calm the nutters and sheeple. Yep, she’s the Bill Birch of science. And the Pink Haired One also put in an appearance.She’s another one from the Bill Birch science academy.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/300014192/fires-at-cell-phone-tower-power-box-in-south-auckland-investigate

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  18th May 2020

      Are there any scientists with evidence that 5g is dangerous?

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    • Duker

       /  18th May 2020

      More power, yeah right its 60W which is a light bulb and thats not transmitting power
      And in areas with super dense coverage
      “The model shows that there is significant energy consumption in the base station even at the times when there is no output power i.e. when the base station is in an idle state. The reason for this is that most of the hardware components still remain active so that they are able to transmit mandatory idle mode signals
      https://www.ericsson.com/en/blog/2019/9/energy-consumption-5g-nr

      Unless you have your ear to the transmitter itself , even living next door the distance away means its of no consequence.
      There has been no spike in brain illnesses in the last 20 years, so the jury is only out because it suits those people who cant even work out how a kettle works

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      • artcroft

         /  18th May 2020

        Its the phone on your person (and often right in your face) that is the biggest issue. Not the cell tower 100s of meters away.

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      • Corky

         /  18th May 2020

        Good on you, Duker…. Ericsson, what line of business are they in? Asking for a friend. He’s not a sheeple.

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        • Duker

           /  18th May 2020

          They arent saying anything about harm . Just they tout the low power consumption

          and no its not the phone in your face either , they are even lower power.
          Its the old hoax about potential danger and actual results.

          You could hold a pure plutonium pellet in your hand and suffer no ill effects as the radiation it gives off cant penetrate the skin. I vaguely think they had to show one to Stalin or was it Beria to prove they had created it.
          Not so lucky for the 1000s who toiled in the Maiak Plutonium plant and affected by the deadly production processes.

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    • evidently Corky is one of Alan’s “Labour voters (if at all) with a class chip on their shoulder who have convinced themselves the richies with their latest iPhones are out killing the deserving beneficiaries. otherwise known as the workers”

      Or maybe just another one of Alan’s sweeping statements that covers for his identity politics

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  18th May 2020

        Corky isn’t out attacking the towers, Ishmael. You avoided noticing they are being bowled in the Labour strongholds like Porirua, Manurewa, Kaitaia?

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      • Corky doesn’t vote, Ishmael. He thinks that people who do are idiots who imagine that it will make a difference. He tries to influence people to vote for National.

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  3. duperez

     /  18th May 2020

    Maybe some hero will arise to convince those so fearful about 5G that a good swig of disinfectant and a Janola injection will protect them from its insidious reach. Chances are they’d take the advice.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  18th May 2020

    Again, Russia finds useful idiots serving its purpose:

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    • Gezza

       /  18th May 2020

      Stands to reason, I would’ve thought. Not much point in finding useless idiots.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  18th May 2020

        Labour would disagree. Its success depends on that at the margins.

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        • Gezza

           /  18th May 2020

          Useless idiots don’t vote. They’re too useless.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  18th May 2020

            That’s why Labour has to have a big team finding them and carrying them to the polling stations.

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            • Gezza

               /  18th May 2020

              Labour can’t find them. They’re also too useless.

            • Gezza

               /  18th May 2020

              And when they do blunder into any, they seem to give them Cabinet Portfolios – like Housing & Health.

            • Duker

               /  18th May 2020

              The nats are better at that, havent you had your eyes open on polling day
              ‘big team finding them and carrying them to the polling stations”

              Just because national has cannabilised all the right parties and makes them the biggest doesnt mean that even during Keys best election results ( he never had a majority of NP only) the vote share with his poodle parties was just around 51%
              Now all national has as support is a teacup chihuahua party

  5. I happily wear the ‘Luddite’ tag.. BUT I believe in non-violent/destructive protest.
    btw: It is just as likely to be someone from the Right.. there are ‘Loonies’ on both sides of the ‘fence’.. just look at whose running USA; a Super-loony

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  6. The PM was asked about this last night.

    Her answer was to giggle and say ‘What ?’ (or something like that)

    She was asked what she’d say to the vandals.

    ‘Giggle, giggle.DON’T ! Giggle, giggle, giggle…’

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    • Gezza

       /  18th May 2020

      What kind of idiot reporter would ask a PM for her thoughts on some luddite nutbar who’s damaging cellphone towers?

      Why on earth? Did they expect her to have a Labour/Government policy on it?

      Isn’t a question on how did she feel having to queue with her entourage, waiting for a table at an eatery in Wellington, of more releavance to the nation?

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