5G Network - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

5G Network - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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Apr 24, 2019

What 3G network transmits in 24 hours, 5G will be able to transmit in 3.6 seconds! But are there dangerous side-effects?

What is a 5G mobile network?

It's about the fifth generation of mobile internet that brings us multiple-speed flow rates, greater coverage and responsiveness. The speed of the wireless connection will be 10 to 100 times greater than what is currently available. However, speed is just one of the advantages.

Thanks to the new improved network features, we will approach the day when cars without drivers will communicate with each other with ease, while the transmission of ultra-realistic video materials will be a matter of everyday life. It is clear that this is a revolutionary step that will change the world.

So what’s the problem?

As with the implementation of a number of new, advanced technologies, there is concern about the potential harmful effects of the 5G network, and even more than 180 scientists from various fields from 35 countries in 2017 signed a petition requesting the European Union to postpone the introduction of this technology, until we examine its influence on man and the environment.

Also, some civic associations have clearly demonstrated their opposition to these networks, because of fears about the health consequences of radiation, or the radiation of base stations in the brain.

The effects of 5G network are primarily microwave radiation and are primarily thermal. All the other effects are incomparably smaller, or caused by this primary, although they are the subject of study of experts.

General consensus

The general consensus in the scientific community that has not yet been reached is whether, besides thermal effects, there are non-chemical effects of non-ionizing, which can be cumulative and harmful to health.

With regard to these issues, there is certainly room for further research and it is necessary to implement them. The best prevention and the way to reduce the concern regarding this is simply a reasonable and moderate use of new and existing technologies.

As far as 5G technology is concerned, what it brings is a significantly larger number of devices and base stations that are wirelessly connected to the Internet, as it will also be used for IoT (Internet of Things) and for automating production processes, for partial autonomy of cars, and the like.

However, the increased number of devices still does not necessarily mean an increase in the exposure of citizens to non-ionizing radiation, as this will primarily be determined by future scenarios of use.

And, justified, the whole world is "crazy" about 5G technology and its capabilities.

For a more detailed analysis, check out these links: 

Is 5G Harmful for Humans and the Environment?

Is 5G dangerous? We asked an expert

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