5G is short for ‘fifth generation mobile networks’ which is set to be far faster than previous generations (1G, 2G, 3G and 4G). It will also utilise the technology that we have up until now. It is being touted as having much faster download speeds.
Further, 5G will also have greater capacity to handle many high-demand applications all at once – from connected cars and IoT (Internet of Things).
5G will bring in more IoT devices such as phones, fridges and lights all connecting to one another. With the speed and capacity delivered by 5G we might one day see almost every device become ‘smart’ and connected.
We are seeing the mass emergence of various ‘smart’ devices over recent years such as smartphones, smart metres and smart TVs.
Experts say that 5G is critical for autonomous cars because they will need a constant, guaranteed connection.
Announcing the rollout of 5G, Tom Wheeler has stated that billions of products will be connected using microchips.
However, while the benefits are often announced to us via the mainstream media, little is told to us of the effects of 5G on our health. See the links section for an appeal by over 230 scientists calling for a moratorium.