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5G Explain – Everything you need to know about the 5G technology

What? Why? and How? Everything to know about the 5G – the wireless revolution!

For a few years, 5G has become the talk of the town. It is mainly because of the fast-paced technology world where high speed and lower latencies are preferred. The experience of using 5G is new and aims to bring a change in your life. However, every good thing comes at a price. There are several rumors and scandals regarding the matter.

5G is the fifth generation of cellular technology. It all started with 1G networks in 1980 followed by 2G networks, which that came with additional features including SMS. Later, 3G and now 4G have been in use, which offers a smooth and fast service for our devices for different applications and browsing.

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Even though 5G aims to provide us better speeds and latency than before, it is not as easy as it sounds. The process is pretty much the evolution of the already existing cellular technology. There are three ways in which it is developed in the US, which makes these changes more prominent. 

Let’s consider that the low-band networks of AT&T and T mobile lie in 600 MHz and 850 MHz bands similar to LTE. However, they are dependent on modern-day transmission technologies. This includes carrier aggregation and MIMO antenna arrays to increase the data rate per user and minimize errors.

The mid-band 5G of the new T-Mobile offers comparatively better bandwidth and faster speed than the low-band 5G. However, the coverage it offers is limited.

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 04: A 5G mobile phone mast on April 04, 2020, in Cardiff, United Kingdom. There have been isolated cases of 5G phone masts being vandalized following claims online that the masts are responsible for coronavirus. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 70,000 lives and infecting over 1 million people. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

The high-bandwidth millimeter-wave spectrum includes the whole of Verizon’s mobile 5G network. Here, the radio waves have wavelengths that vary from 10 to 1 millimeter. Their bandwidth is even more for fast 5G speeds. However, they are not efficient in passing through objects. Due to this reason, Verizon 5G coverage is not available nationwide.

You must know that cellular radiation and, most importantly, 5G is not dangerous. 

According for the lastest studies

Most of the studies, including the National Cancer Institute, Food and Drug Administration, and American Cancer Society, support this through scientific evidence.

How exactly is this safe? 5G radio is, in fact, on the same level as cellular data in the electromagnetic spectrum. It does not contain the energy that is needed to separate electrons from atoms and cause degradation that poses a threat to humans. Therefore, it is safe to use as it is made up of non-ionizing radiation.

5G – the huge revolution

As cellphone radiations lack the energy to degrade, scientists have not yet figured out how it could cause cancer.

5G lies in the same category of radiation as cellular technology. Therefore, it does not contain those levels of energy needed to cause damage to humans.

However, there are other concerns regarding 5G that we need to see. This includes dealing with data caps. Due to the high speed of data, carrier limits are likely to get burnt. Moreover, mobile phones with 5G are expensive and can have a short battery life. Because of the restricted range of technologies like mmWave 5G, wide-scale coverage will require more time for most of the networks.

However, these are not new concerns. Every time there was a shift to newer technology, similar changes were noticed. The reason why these issues are much more talked about now is that we are much more dependent on our phones than we were a few years ago 

Idan

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I'm Idan, the main editor of Widgeti.

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