5G is Here

Whether you have seen it being discussed in the news, have watched an ad, or live in a city where it’s already being utilized, 5G is present in our lives. But why is there so much controversy and how is it going to change the world? What is all the buzz around it? Why is the government reluctant to incorporate it? With Agenda Discovery, you can stay up-to-date with the latest legislation on 5G and how it’s going to indirectly or directly affect your company.

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How does it differ from LTE?

5G stands for the fifth generation of wireless networking technology. Right now, most consumers use 4G or LTE and previously, 3G was one of the first versions of having internet access on a phone. But what makes it so different from 4G? The difference is the high-frequency radio waves, which are the length of millimeters rather than centimeters. In layman’s terms, this will rapidly increase the speed of downloads and reduce delays. In addition, 5G towers will be able to support 1 million devices per tower, whereas 4G towers can only support about 6,500 devices.

 

How Will It Change The World?

Given all the capabilities that 5G now has, it is now a game-changer for not only consumers but companies as well. There will be no lag time, meaning it will allow users to communicate in real-time. It will be now easier to run self-driving vehicles, more public safety cameras connected to the IoT, and the ability to have robots building in a factory. 5G will completely change the way things are done and provide more advanced engineering jobs than ever before.

 

The Controversy

Of course, just like any advancement in technology, 5G comes at a price. It comes with complications, which is why consumers and even the government is hesitant to move forward with embracing this new technology. Here are some of the most common concerns that people have: 

Health Concerns

Health communities have been concerned about the health risks that these new networks may present. Although no scientific evidence has been proven to be harmful, the different types of electromagnetic field (EMF) the new networks have, may increase exposure to people in areas where 5G is being used. It has not been proven that it is actually safe for people. 

Abundance of Towers

With the new millimeter wave technology,  we will need a whole new infrastructure. Since 5G can carry data much faster, it has a shorter range of use than 4G. The 4G towers have a range of up to 10 miles per tower. The 5G towers only work about 1,000 feet per tower. This is about 2% of what the 4G towers are currently operating under. This means in order for it to be properly carried out, each street lamp, traffic light, and power line will have to omit 5G signals. 

Rural Limitations

Rural parts of the U.S. will not have access to the new network. The government has argued that 5G will only be available in largely populated areas. 

 

With these and many more other factors to incorporate a new network, the policymakers have already put regulations on the expansion. As a business in the telecommunications industry, it is in your best interest to stay informed with the latest legislation regarding 5G implementation. Request a demo of Agenda Discovery to receive notifications about the latest government meetings that are centered around 5G.

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