As we’ve previously mentioned, 5G is the new buzzword around town, thanks to everyone’s growing bandwidth needs. 5G is far from the older 4G – with its faster speed, ability to reduce delays, and support a large number of devices, the new network has the ability to create a more connected world than ever. Nonetheless, it comes with a variety of consequences too, given its requirement to have cell towers closer in proximity to the device and need for a greater number of cell towers around town. Although it’s being implemented in many countries, there’s not enough concrete research that’s been done to prove adequate safety – so it’s vital we take precautions in the meantime.
But in the last 6 months, there’s been a variety of 5G network advancements in the news. For example, in Germany, the network has now reached a total of 14,000 Antennas. By the end of the year, they aim to reach around 60% of the country’s population, with nationwide coverage expected by 2025. Germany’s 5G carriers aim to prove the advantages of the network over former versions (2G, 3G, 4G) – however again, haven’t conducted enough research to ensure the radiation and health effects are minimized.
In India, Jio, one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the country, completed network planning for 1000 cities – 25% of the whole nation. The company has been doing trials on advanced use cases across healthcare and industrial automation on its 5G network, and is running a 5G pilot trial in alot of the cities too. This is especially big news because India is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and with growing 5G coverage, it’s likely a large number of people will be quickly exposed to it without first understanding the full extent of its effects. Furthermore, as there’s already competition between China and India (as the fastest growing developing economies), each countries are increasing their demands of the network. To keep pace with China, the Indian Army has demanded the network to be available at as high as 18,000 FT as China has done so at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
In the USA, 5G network is already available in 20% of its cities, without having conducted any trails and pilots – this shouldn’t come as a shock as we’ve previously explored how the country’s government has failed to properly acknowledge and implement EMF guidelines and policies even after having collected abundant data.
On the other hand, we have countries like Russia, who are choosing to skip the 5G generation as a whole and create their own new 6G network to become the world’s leader for connectivity. This brings forth the idea that when creating these faster and more robust networks to compete with eachother on a greater scale, countries don’t stop to consider dangerous and potentially harmful effects that may ensue.
Lastly, Ericsson conducted some market research lately and found out that the global mobile network traffic has doubled in the last 2 years, and such growing connectivity needs have fostered the development of more and more US cities implementing 5G. By 2027, approx. 60% of global mobile network data traffic will be expected to be over 5G networks – this only speaks to the networks immense growth in the coming years. Ericsson also reported that North America will be a leader in 5G subscription infiltration, with 9/10 of every subscription expected to be 5G also by 2027.
So as 5G becomes the norm in the coming years, it’s important to make sure you take the right precautions to protect yourself against the effects of the network that we’re not entirely aware of or confident of yet.