The arson fires against 5G masts in the UK have become serious enough for carriers to come together to put an end to the incidents. EE, O2, Three and Vodafone issued a joint statement urging people not to set fire to cell masts, threaten engineers or spread conspiracy theories incorrectly linking 5G to COVID-19. The networks also encouraged people to report abuse of engineers and to call people to spread the misinformation.
As societies have said, cellular networks are essential in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. They provide “essential connectivity” to emergency services and the National Health Service, help connect families and enable distance education. The arson disrupted “critical infrastructure,” the carriers said, and threats against engineers “prevented essential network maintenance.”