Myths vs. reality: what you need to know about 5G

By: Penta Editorial Team

5G, the latest generation of mobile communication systems has become very popular these days, the first reason, because it will increase connection speed, minimize latency, and expand the number of connected devices. The second reason, for the conspiracy theories who accuse this technology of being a carcinogenic element and even being responsible for spreading the Covid-19 virus, but is this true?.

Since this technology’s development was announced, muscular tensions have been generated between China and the United States. Those who control the implementation of 5G would have significant technological and economic advantages. However, this has been the least of the problems due to recent rumors promoting the idea that this breakthrough could be dangerous to health. These myths have gained strength as a result of disinformation encouraged through social networks.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) assured that “the scientific studies carried out to date do not indicate that environmental exposure to RF (radio frequency) fields increase the risk of cancer or any other disease.” Likewise, The International Commission on Protection against Non-Ionizing Radiations (ICNIRP) came out to deny the rumors, explaining that it is physically impossible for radiofrequency fields to have helped spread the Covid-19 virus.

So, bearing clear that there is no evidence that the new technology is risky for health,

What benefits does 5G truly offer for social and business relationships?

First, the speed of data transmission. The rate of 4G is 1 Gbps per second; with 5G, we would have a standard speed of 20 Gbps per second. For real-life, this translates into the download of an hour-long playlist on Spotify in just 0.6 thousandths of a second, while with other technologies such as 3G or 4G, it would take 7 minutes and 20 seconds respectively; The Wall Street Journal announced this.

Other advantages will be battery saving. The bit-transmitted power consumption would be 1/1000 compared to current use, allowing mobile phones to have a longer lifespan. Even in agglomerations, the expansion of coverage is another benefit that this development will allow, ending the loss of coverage or low signal in the middle of events, concerts, or in the new year, when the networks are saturated.

Connectivity will be another aspect that would improve considerably with the arrival of 5G, increasing the possibilities of connection through mobile devices, in our cars, or with our home appliances, tripling IoT connections worldwide.

 A world of possibilities opens up for the different industries, including marketing, since according to the International Telecommunication Union, 5G would support smart buildings and cities, cloud games, remote surgeries, videos in 3D and experiences enhanced in virtual reality, which means more significant opportunities for innovation for companies.