Many conspiracy theories are claiming that 5G caused the coronavirus outbreak, so what really is 5G?
What is 5G? Here’s what you need to know…
The term 5G stands for 5th-generation, and is simply the next “version” of mobile phone networks. The world’s network operators have settled on a new method of delivering mobile internet to your phone, making it possible to offer far higher download speeds.
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Early figures suggest you’ll be able to download 4K movies in a matter of seconds, and buffering video will be a thing of the past.
But 5G also promises low “latency” – the physical delay in transmitting data – which is a major boon for gamers, who desperately need their online actions to be sent and received as quickly as possible.
EE is first across the line in the UK, with 5G live in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham or Manchester.
The 5G mobile network has been switched on in some UK cities and has led to questions about whether the new technology poses health risks.
What’s different about 5G? As with previous cellular technologies, 5G networks rely on signals carried by radio waves – part of the electromagnetic spectrum – transmitted between an antenna or mast and your phone.
We’re surrounded by electromagnetic radiation all the time – from television and radio signals, as well as from a whole range of technologies, including mobile phones, and from natural sources such as sunlight.
5G uses higher frequency waves than earlier mobile networks, allowing more devices to have access to the internet at the same time and at faster speeds.
These waves travel shorter distances through urban spaces, so 5G networks require more transmitter masts than previous technologies, positioned closer to ground level.
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