Unsurprisingly, each new generation of wireless networks provides our devices with more
incredible speeds and more capabilities. 1G gave us the first cellphone, 2G allowed us to send texts, 3G gave us the Internet, which allowed us to go online, and 4G gave us the speed we have today. Although, as the Internet continues to grow in popularity, 4G networks are nearing their capacity limits when people demand more data and connectivity to the world around them.
The 5G network is the next step in wireless technology. According to a study, it will be able to handle thousands of times more traffic than the current network and will be ten times faster than 4G LTE. It employs a higher frequency wave than 4G or 3G.
Consider downloading an HD movie in a matter of seconds. Intriguing, isn't it?
Virtual reality, driverless driving, the Internet of things, and other things we can't yet envision would all be possible with 5G.
Is 5G Safe for Humans and Our Environment?
Wireless businesses and even government organizations claim 5G radio waves are safe, and
they may be correct. The problem with 5G is that it operates at such a high frequency, ranging between 30GHz and 300GHz. Because the waves travel a shorter distance at higher
frequencies, we must place antennas closer together to ensure clear 5G reception. It isn't about adding a few more antennae; it's about adding more antennas. Will these antennas endanger people's health and the environment? Microwave and millimeter wavelength radiations are used in 5G networks, which are non-ionizing and do not create energy that directly destroys cells. Ionizing radiation is the most dangerous type. Ionizing radiation's power can separate atoms, and as a result, it is known to harm cells and cause cancer.
However, over 215 scientists from 40 nations have petitioned the UN to take immediate action to minimize electromagnetic field exposure emitted by wireless devices, even if they are non-ionizing. These scientists have also written to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), requesting that the agency assess health and environmental hazards before rushing to implement 5th generation wireless infrastructure, and they are not alone. The Belgian government has canceled a 5G test in Brussels due to radiation concerns from the base station. Members of the Dutch Parliament are urging the government to investigate 5G further, while Switzerland is studying the impact of 5G on individuals.
On the other hand, the FCC does not appear to be concerned and is working to have the
technology deployed as soon as possible. Meanwhile, while still in office, former US President Donald Trump declared that the 5G rollout is a race that they must win. “5G networks will be a vital link to America’s prosperity and National Security in the 21st Century."
So, what's the result of all of this? Who is right, and who is wrong? It's a difficult situation.
Even though 5G does not emit ionizing radiation, some researchers believe that the radiation from these devices could harm cells by causing oxidative stress. This biological mechanism generates data to detect cancer, diabetes, and other disorders.
Before we make our homes, business, and cities bright, it's crucial to make informed decisions when adopting new technology. 5G appears to be safe for the time being, but there is not enough data to tell for sure. If you're concerned, you can sign a petition asking for the
deployment of a 5G wireless network to be halted until they develop a comprehensive
framework and rules which consider health and environmental implications.
It requires the correct frequencies for the 5G wireless transition. A tiny amount of data is
transmitted across large distances using the low band radio spectrum. The high band can send a lot of data over a short distance. The mid-band spectrum, or so-called "Goldilocks" frequencies like the C band, now has the ideal combination of both features, but it's scarce. Wireless services will be able to carry more data at a faster rate thanks to 5G. Using the C band is the quickest option to get 5G to as many people as possible.