Does advanced metering infrastructure use 5G?
No, the equipment does not use 5G. Advanced meters record electricity flows and communicate the information back to Western Power using a combination of low-level radiofrequency and cellular communications technology. Western Power's advanced metering infrastructure predominantly uses radio frequency, supported by 4G technology. When communicating, the emissions from an advanced meter are less than those produced from the remote device used to unlock a car, and less than a single SMS transmission. All devices comply with the maximum exposure levels as specified by ARPANSA. ARPANSA asserts that there is no established scientific evidence to support any adverse health effects from very low level RF exposures to populations or individuals. Western Power will continue to monitor the deployment of new technology, including 5G, and whether that will interact with our operations.