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5G: All You Need To Know About The 5G Network

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CHRIS-CHIEMENEM DESIRE; “THESE HEALTH RISKS ARE NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED ALTHOUGH THE NETWORK IS STILL BEING WORKED ON”

There have been conspiracy theories which suggests that this new cellular network causes the current pandemic covid-19. Although their negative effects are quite similar but 5G threats are completely not a link to the virus.

The controversy over the 5G network has been a major social issue. Due to it’s believed implications, some people are of the opinion that 5G should be unacceptable, but saying that an evolution shouldn’t be acceptable is like saying we should go back in time, the pre-historic age where there was nothing like technology. Technology has come to stay and will surely evolve from time to time. Emphasis should be on understanding the new technology advancement in order to embrace it with caution.

5G is a new global wireless standard which emerged after 1G – 2G – 3G then the well known 4G network. It is designed to meet the very large growth in data and connectivity of today’s society. This 5th generation network will enable immediate connectivity to billions of devices.

5G network provides quickness and reduces delay between initiation and occurance. 5G network is capable of delivering data that is 10-100 times faster than the current 4G network. With the 5G network, machines that are massive will interact without human intervention.

Although there is a little controversy of the true inventor of this infamous technology but popular opinion suggests it traces to China. It has so far been deployed to about 20+ countries in the world.

5G network, like its predecessors (2G, 3G, 4G) uses a preset frequency. The frequency spectrum of 5G network is divided into millimeter waves, mid-band, and low-band. Low-band uses a similar frequency range as the predecessor, 4G. 5G millimeter wave is the fastest, with actual speeds often being 1–2 Gbit/s down. Frequencies are above 24 GHz, reaching up to 72 GHz, which is above the extremely high-frequency band’s lower boundary. The reach is short, therefore more cells are required in this emission. Millimeter waves have difficulty traversing many walls and windows, so indoor coverage is limited.

5G mid-band is the most widely deployed, in over 30 networks. Speeds in a 100 MHz wide band are usually 100–400 Mbit/s down. In the lab and occasionally in the field, speeds can go over a gigabit per second. Frequencies deployed are from 2.4 GHz to 4.2 GHz. Sprint and China Mobile are using 2.5 GHz, while others are mostly between 3.3 and 4.2 GHz. Many areas can be covered simply by upgrading existing towers, which lowers the cost. Mid-band networks have better reach, bringing the cost close to the cost of 4G. 5G low-band offers similar capacity to advanced 4G. With 5G, new technologies like virtual and augmented reality will be accessible by everyone.

Imagine travelling to your favourite city or watching a live football match with the feeling of being at the place. Imagine inspecting a new home and feeling like you are walking through all the room whereas, you are in the comfort of your couch. Also imagine being operated on without having the real feel of surgical blades piercing and running through your skin. 5G network has a very great speed in data accessing, downloading and streaming content.

For now mobile phones, tablets and hotspots which already has 3G and 4G can upgrade to 5G connectivity. Subsequently, machine to machine applications using 5G will be developed in coming years.

However, 5G gives out non ionizing radiation and so can’t damage the DNA cells.

Countries with 5G currently includes South Korea, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States. Initially 5G services started in many countries in 2019 and it is expected that there will be wide spread of 5G come 2025.

The fear of some people comes as a result of 5G’s higher frequency. If that is the case, we should be aware that the light we make use of every day from the sun is so much higher in frequency than 5G. If we live long enough, we will see and use 6G, 7G even 10G. There are organizations that test these things and are very sure that they are safe for people to use. They too are also going to be using these devices.

It is a fact that our mobile devices, tablets, laptops, satellites only function as a result of cellular network. 5G wireless technology is meant to deliver higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability and a more uniform user experience to more users. Higher performance and improved efficiency, empower new user experiences and connects new industries.

Other benefits includes:

IMPROVING ACCESSIBILITY:

Improvements in 5G technology can help make life better. For example, significant advances in autonomous vehicle technology are possible with 5G, creating the potential for people to have new levels of personal and professional freedom. Connected appliances can help automate tasks around the house, which can not only improve personal convenience but also help those who need assistance with everyday tasks.

EXTENDING THE REACH OF MOBILE BROADBAND:

5G can power technology well beyond what current mobile technology permits. Thanks to its speed and bandwidth, 5G promises to make significant improvements in 3D holograms, virtual reality and augmented reality, creating opportunities to connect people far beyond what current cellular technology allows

IMPROVING SAFETY, HEALTH AND SECURITY:

Access to 5G technology promises to improve mission-critical services that affect safety and security of services today. Opportunities include smart cities with 5G in public spaces, the potential for remote surgery, better traffic control and many other applications that depend on nearly instantaneous response time.

NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF 5G

With great risk comes great consequences and 5G isn’t an exception.

There have been reported effects of 5G  from different organizations.

According to a publication made by Scientific American

“Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life.”

These health risks are not to be overlooked although the network is still being worked on.

Chris-Chiemenem Desire is a graduate of Biochemistry and lifestyle blogger who runs www.desirechris.com. She’s also a digital content creator at Ejè Studios. She hopes to still travel the world, read lots of books, write poetry and make beautiful memories.

These health risks are not to be overlooked although the network is still being worked on.

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  1. Robert Ezikpe Okiyi says

    Indeed quite apt and detailed. Very beautiful writing style, I must commend.

  2. Naydu says

    This is nice..thanks for sharing

  3. Edede Blessing says

    Hmmm intriguing facts…but we just have to wait till they are done with it.
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    1. Latifa says

      Best article so far, we have seen a lot of misleading theory on this 5G and how it’s related to the ongoing pandemic. Am glad I read this…nice one girl

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