FOUR MYTHS ABOUT 5G TECHNOLOGY DEBUNKED

Myth 1: 5G will ultimately replace 4G
Myth 2: 5G uses more energy than previous generations
Myth 3: 5G is linked to US military direct-energy weapon
Myth 4: 5G is unsafe and spreads COVID-19
 

5G is the buzz word in the world of RF and telecommunications and is currently all the hype. Yet there exists a considerable amount of misinformation and confusion about it. Questions vary from: Is it dangerous? Is it causing and/or spreading COVID-19? Or even worse, cancer? Will it make my phone faster? Is the Government using it to track me? But how much of it is really true? Let’s separate fact from fiction and debunk four common myths associated with 5G.
Let’s separate fact from fiction and debunk four common myths associated with 5G
Let’s start with the basics – what exactly is 5G? 5G, or fifth generation, mobile internet is the next improvement in telecoms technology, which covers a broad frequency range from 24.25 GHz to 52.6 GHz. It aims to provide rapid data download and upload speeds and drastically reduce the time it takes for devices to communicate with wireless networks, which means the latency will decrease. Furthermore, according to Qualcomm, 5G will drive global growth with USD13.1 trillion for global economic output; USD22.8 million in new jobs created and USD265 billion global 5G Capex and R&D over the next 15 years.

Myth 1: 5G will ultimately replace 4G

As 4G LTE networks provide the base for the current 5G structure, it means the 5G networks are built on top of the existing 4G LTE networks. If you consider how many areas still utilise 3G coverage – it fills the gaps for 4G – it’s unlikely that 4G and 4G LTE will be going away anytime soon.

Myth 2: 5G uses more energy than previous generations

5G has been labelled an energy-intensive technology with an elevated carbon footprint – this is an incorrect perception. In fact, 5G is the first mobile standard integrating optimised energy consumption into its very design.

Myth 3: 5G is linked to US military direct-energy weapon

Most RF transmitters are situated on building rooftops or on utility poles which are traditionally the workplace for many a fieldworker. With 5G, these small cell configurations will increase. Given the nature of these myths, some people immediately likened 5G to the US military’s direct-energy weapon called Active Denial System (ADS). However, even though ADS and 5G operate across the same radio wave spectrum, 5G transmits over a much lower frequency that is completely safe for humans.

Myth 4: 5G is unsafe and spreads COVID-19

It might sound extreme, but this specific myth gained noticeable traction in the early days of the pandemic. However, this could perhaps largely be attributed to pandemic panic and not so much to 5G. Despite the ongoing debate regarding the safety of the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) associated with 5G, one thing is for sure: It does not cause (or spread) COVID-19 . Whether you are concerned about how 5G services are using consumer data or whether you have heard an unsettling theory about 5G causing COVID-19 it’s important to always do proper research and educate yourself about the correct facts. Once you understand what 5G is, you can leverage it for the benefit of your business while still ensuring your fieldworkers’ safety. FieldSENSE specialises in fieldworkers’ RF safety including potential over-exposure from 5G radio frequencies.

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