Debunking Common Myths About 5G Networks

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Almost any time new technology becomes the norm, we start to hear more rumors and misinformation about it. Instead of believing that the latest thing puts subliminal messages into our dreams or scrambles our brains, let’s take a moment and debunk some common myths about 5G networks.

5G Is Just Faster 4G

While it may seem like a reasonable assumption, 5G is more than just 4G but slightly faster. Increased speed is one of the main factors, but 5G stands out in having reduced latency, lessening lag between device connectivity, and increasing the number of connected devices operating with the same network.

Faster speeds are great for the average person, but much of the technology that benefits from 5G are things we may not think about, like remote surgery or self-driving cars. When you look at the differences between 4G and 5G networks, you can better understand that it’s a whole new technology and not merely an upgrade.

The 5G Rollout Is Slow

Part of debunking common myths about 5G networks is looking at the core of truth that creates the rumor in the first place. There is some truth to the idea that 5G isn’t available everywhere right now, and many people think its rollout has been slow. However, considering that over 50 million people have access to 5G and how the technology has progressed even throughout the early pandemic years, the spread of 5G has been faster than 4G was back when they introduced that technology.

5G Is Dangerous and Causes Cancer

People have spread the myth that cell phones cause cancer for as long as we’ve had cell phones. The main reason why this rumor persists is that it’s true that objects like cell phones, towers, and even 5G networks emit a low level of radiation. However, there are two primary forms of radiation: ionizing and non-ionizing. Radiation spread by cell phones and towers attaches to non-ionizing radio waves, which does not pose any risk of causing cancer in humans. You need to worry about Ionizing radiation when it comes to getting sick, but you won’t find that in the 5G waves.

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Craig Zedwick
I'm a chemical engineer and operations leader, but in my spare time I love technology, building computers, and DIY projects. I like to dive deep into researching new topics, so my articles tend to focus on that same level of detail to help others like me to learn as much as they can.