5G Facts iPhone, Samsung and more
5G facts iPhone, Samsung and more: The headlines are full of news about 5G right now. Not least because the current PM has authorized a Chinese tech company to manage the installation of the 5G network in the UK. Paranoia abounds with health scare stories and accusations of espionage fill the newsfeeds. But what is 5G, is it really a potential health risk, and what exactly will it enable our tech to do? Furthermore, who will be launching the first 5g tech in the race for faster downloads? We’ve done our own research on it – and here’s what we’ve found out.
What is 5G?
The new 5G technology promises mobile data speeds that far exceed the fastest home broadband network available to consumers today. With speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second, 5G is set to be as much as 100 times faster than 4G. In terms of downloading movies, you can expect speeds of up to 20 times faster. According to tech experts, the biggest difference between 4G and 5G is low latency. 5G won’t suffer from the same bandwidth issues as 4G.
Is 5G safe?
While 5G has been cleared for installation in the UK and is already in experimental use in South Korea, there are lots of dissenting voices calling for better research into its effects, and if it’s a danger to public health. Essentially, 5G will be sending out an increased volume of information, and so, requires 10 times the frequency waves of 4G. These intense waves can only travel a short distance though, so many more antennae will be required to ensure service is not disrupted. The short answer to this question is that nobody really knows definitively if these increased levels of radioactive frequencies will have a negative effect on the human body. However, 5G uses between 24 to 90 GHz – and current international guidelines set a maximum safety limit of 300 GHz.
However, a group of 170 international scientists recently appealed to the EU to block 5G technology due to “Growing concerns about the increase in radiofrequency radiation and the related health risks for European citizens.” The scientists referred to a study from the US National Toxicology Program which pointed to serious health issues in animals that were exposed to 5G.
So, ultimately, there probably are some health concerns regarding 5G – but the project will go ahead as planned.
Where will the 5G antennae be installed?
Instead of using large cell towers to transmit data, 5G will require lots of smaller base stations to prevent service disruptions. The shortwave frequencies can’t travel through trees, walls or other obstacles, and so, many more broadcasting points will need to be installed. The 5G network will initially utilize lampposts in neighbourhoods and houses will also require their own antennae.
Which mobile provider will be the first to offer 5G?
Samsung, unsurprisingly, looks set to launch its very first 5G device this year with the Galaxy Note 10. In fact, it’s already available via pre-order. However, it doesn’t come cheap – as we all expected. The 256GB will cost £1000, while the 512GB will set you back £1,085. Apple, however, looks set to delay its 5G rollout any iPhones until 2021 due to project hold-ups. Perhaps Apple is also hedging their bets by holding off on this controversial tech until it’s proven safe and essential.