What is 5G Anyway?
What is 5G Anyway?
If you have had a cell phone for a while, you have experienced the move from, say, 2G to 3G and then from 3G to 4G. In making those changes, the main selling point has always been “moving to the new ‘G’ will make my communications faster and possibly more reliable”. That is why it always seems to be a no-brainer for us to upgrade our devices. After all, who wants to live in the stone age when everyone else has moved on and is able to make us salivate at what they are able to do with their phones that we can’t. So here are some reasons why you will want to go to a 5G cell phone as soon as it hits your area.
Yes, your 5G cell phone will be faster – faster than 4G for sure. The difference between the speeds of 3G and 4G were dramatic. When 4G came along, it was up to TEN TIMES faster than 3G, so everyone wanted it. That increase brought the speed of devices up to between 20Mbps and 50Mbps – a phenomenal advance, and well worth the transition to a new 4G capable device.
The jump to 5G is even more dramatic, more exciting and more in-tune with today’s data hungry systems. We demand more from our devices, and newer technologies on many fronts such as banking, gaming, searching, data storage and even mundane telecommunications require, even demand, greater speed, greater capacities and greater efficiency of operation. Enter: 5G. As I said earlier, the jump from 3G to 4G made our devices up to 10 times faster. The QUANTUM LEAP to 5G will make our devices up to ONE HUNDRED times faster! That is up to 100 gigabits (100,000Mbps)! But that isn’t all. Speed is only part of the picture.
Imagine riding in your autonomous (driverless) car while watching a new release movie on your phone and being able to change the thermostat in your home or set your home security system or check on your bank account with no problems – no interruptions, no waiting, no dropped calls or bad connections. With 5G, the bandwidth for all of these operations will be handled with ease. This will all be possible due to the increased bandwidth incorporated by 5G technology.
You may have heard of the “Internet of Things”. What is it? Well, Wikipedia says, “The Internet of things is the extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded within electronics, internet connectivity, and other forms of hardware, these devices can communicate and interact with others over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled.” All of this will be augmented and normalized by the advent of 5G. By 2020, over 20 BILLION electronic devices and systems will be interconnected by means of 5G. So the dawn of 5G goes far beyond cell phones alone.
If you are riding in a driverless vehicle, or if a semi tractor trailer filled with goods, is driving down the interstate at 70 miles an hour, you don’t want a lag of even 1/10th of a second between a road hazard being detected and the vehicle taking appropriate action to keep you or a cargo safe. Have you ever stepped on the gas of your late model car and noticed the lag between the pedal being pushed and your engine responding? In a 5G world, those lags will vanish. And that, of course, is a good thing!
Personally, right now, I don’t feel like I want to ride in a driverless car. Not at any rapid rate of speed anyway. There could be too much delay between stimulus and response with current technologies. But when 5G becomes a common reality, things like that will no longer be a cause of concern. If your surgeon in Minneapolis is using robotic surgery to operate on you in another Florida or Kenya, I dare say you don’t want any lag in his movements as he navigates your internal organs. This too will be made possible by 5G.
Although the rollout of 5G has commenced, it is not yet available in all places. The strength and bandwidth require stronger signals and will need towers that are much closer together than existing cell phone towers. This is being remedied on an ongoing basis but, hey, this is a big country. It will take a while, just as the placement and building of older technology cell phone towers did. The places where the new technology is already in use are in certain metropolitan areas.
Since this process will be continually expanding coverage, you will need to check with your cell phone telecommunications provider to find out when and where their system has or will have 5G. Trying to include all the existing areas in this article would be an exercise in futility and a list would be out-of-date pretty quickly after being published.
Is there any danger in adopting 5G? With the introduction of any new sort of invention or technology, there often come questions about its safety. When microwave ovens first rolled out, people were (and maybe some still are) concerned about the radiation they produced. There were people who worried about men becoming sterile if they stood too close to one. Research has shown that such concerns are unnecessary. When cell phones came out, there were reports that cell phone use could cause brain cancer. In fact, some people still hold to that anxiety. Some users alter the way they carry their phone or limit its use due to the possibility of their cell phone having some adverse effect on them. Again, research doesn’t indicate the levels of anxiety that these users have.
The research I have done indicates that there is no specific, verifiable danger to the new signals that will be used by 5G cell phones. The levels of radiation from existing cell phones is at a very low level – somewhere around 2 GHz (Gigahertz). 5G will bring that level up to about 70 GHz. Cause for concern? Not really. Research has shown that for this form of radiation to have a deleterious effect, the level would have to reach around 2.4 MILLION GHz. So don’t give in to any hysteria about this great advance in telecommunications. Don’t let it prevent you from enjoying its benefits.
Go ahead. Make the move. Even if you have to wait for 5G to be active in your area, it is the “wave of the future”, so you may as well jump in with both feet. And according to all the research I have done, since 5G is more than just the next iteration of the “G” family, we are told that there won’t be a need for a 6G, 7G, etc. because 5G is so much more than just an advance in speed. Are you interested in seeing what cell phones are available now? Then click here and you will be taken to a page that shows the major contenders right now! It’s a whole new way to utilize technology. Let’s get going. Welcome to the future!