The start was in 2018 what many telecom companies came up with the idea of 5G. The first negative reaction came toward, even moratoriums was signed by scientists and doctors regarding the implementation of 5G technology.
But we are in 2020 and…. See the picture showing top countries with 5G internet coverage.
What is 5G and how it differ from 4G?
5G, which stands for fifth-generation cellular wireless network, is a cloud-based network that connects people on mobile devices to the internet faster than previous networks. While 4G requires cables and infrastructure to run smoothly in a neighborhood, 5G’s cellular towers amplify cloud-based signals which eliminate many cable-related needs.
Let’s dive deep to see what is 5G, and how it’s differ from 4G.
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Even though 5G sports an impressive spec list, it is still an incremental update over 4G. You will have better speeds and everything you do online will have access to that high-speed internet.
As we discussed, you can also connect more devices to your 5G home network if you plan to ditch the wired connection.
Smartphones are undeniably the prime medium in which most of us access the internet. However, the perks of a 5G connection can only be enjoyed on your smartphone only if your device supports it.
5G phones are not nearly as common as 4G phones as it is a relatively new technology. Also, 5G integration takes the cost of the phone higher when compared with 4G.
This means that it is going to take a while for the technology to seep into the mid and low tier smartphones.
5G and Smart Cities.
The low interference factor of 5G means that it can provide good reception to users even when the spectrum is clouded with frequencies. This also extends to the multitude of devices that are used within smart cities.
5G will enable effortless communication between these devices while providing very low latency.
5G telecommunications will become the prime platform for sensors and other smart utilities around the city. As cities become bigger and get loaded with technologies, there is a substantial requirement for a communication platform that would enable the transmission of signals from one point of the city to the other quickly (which translated to high-speed internet with very low latency).This will help in better communication, risk management, emergency correspondence, and resource management).
Is 5G Safe for Humans and Our Environment?
Ever since companies started the rollout of 5G, the public reception towards it was not ideal. So are there any 5G health risks to talk about? The reason why many condemning 5G arise as a result of the extremely high frequency (Millimeter ware) that it uses which lies between 30Ghz to 300GHz.
Due to the high-frequency characteristics, the waves do not travel vast distances like 4G. Hence, antennas must be erected closer to each other to provide clear 5G reception. We are not talking about a few more antennas, but a lot more, exponentially more!
However, these are not full blown cell towers that we are talking about, but low profile antennas that will take up only a fraction of the space of a regular cell tower. But the real question is does this technology pose health risks and environmental issues?
There are of course two distinct opinions to this question. Wireless company and even government websites such as CDC and EPA will lead you to believe that the radiations emitting from the 5G networks is safe.
But over 215 scientists from 40 different countries have appealed to the United Nations for urgent action to reduce the EMF (electromagnetic field) exposure emitting from wireless sources. These scientists also submitted a letter to the FCC, asking the body to consider health risks and environmental issues before rapidly deploying 5th generation wireless infrastructure.
All of these scientists have conducted EMF studies and published their results in peer-reviewed journals that show adverse biological and health effects caused through EMF sources developed by humans.
Surprisingly, FCC’s perspective on 5G is different and is making sure that the technology is deployed at the earliest. Instead of laying out strong and effective guidelines, the agency’s efforts are towards developing a legislature that will prevent local governments from restricting the implementation of 5G.
Apart from 5G specific studies, there are numerous other researches that show evidence of harmful effects of low-intensity, extremely high electromagnetic radiation on animals.
What is the Solution?
5G is certainly the future and we are going to see blazing fast internet speeds on our mobile devices hopefully somewhere along 2020. The improvement in connectivity is indeed going to improve our lives, but likely at the expense of our own health in the long run.
This advanced, but untested technology is fast approaching, and there is very little that we can do to stop its widespread implementation. However, one thing that we all should do is understand EMFs better and protect ourselves through proper choice of products.
Try limiting your EMF exposure through limited use of phones and smart devices. If possible, avoid using 5G phones and device, or make use of radiation detectors to know whether you’re near the high levels of EMFs.