Don’t believe everything you read about 5G
Posted: May 25, 2020
Every now and then when discussing Luminet’s wireless internet offering, people confuse it with mobile internet and specifically 5G. This is usually an easy conversation to have but it can get slightly more complicated when you factor in the numerous misconceptions and rumours that surround 5G. In this article we’d like to use our position as one of the premier WIFI providers London to offer up insight on why these rumours are not to be believed and how false news have definitely travelled fast across the wireless internet these conspiracy theorists seem to be against.
Myth 1: 5G will replace 4G entirely, meaning we’ll all need new devices
If you remember when 4G was launched you’ll remember that this did not happen then. We did not suddenly need new mobile phones or other devices; if we didn’t have a 4G enabled device we could still connect via 3G. 5G is an evolution rather than a shift in technology so even though this evolution is being hailed as a revolution of sorts you won’t have to throw your phone away just yet in order to join in.
Myth 2: 5G is purely increasing the speed of your mobile internet
Although it’ll definitely speed up your mobile’s wireless internet capabilities some of the most exciting changes and innovations will come within the IoT (Internet of Things) and robotics. Having lower latency means that delay in delivering and receiving information is decreased which could not only make these interconnected devices more effective but also safer in the process.
Myth 3: 5G is dangerous
So this one is the big one, the one that causes debate, fear and yet reflects a lot of previous technological misconceptions.
There’s a lot of news articles, web pages and chatter out there about the inherent dangers of 5G. These range from the understandable, if scientifically inaccurate, worries about harmful radiation to some of the more "out there" claims about this new wireless internet technology. Let’s start with the radiation: To put it simply, 5G’s falls within the range of non-ionizing radiation which means it is too weak to break chemical bonds. In other words it is not harmful to human beings or their pets.
If we then move on to the more "out there" theories you’re able to find people claiming 5G will be weaponised, used for mind control or even that the technology hasn’t been tested and we are therefore glorified guinea pigs in an experiment of sorts.
Both of these types of theories have been around before when phone lines came about as well as a fair few other technological advances but at the end of the day 5G is simply the next step in wireless internet in the mobile space, enabling low latency, high bandwidth connectivity with a variety of devices.
If you’d like to learn more about what makes Luminet the premier WIFI provider in London you can read about our wireless internet offerings across our website or you can reach out and speak to us in order to see how Luminet can help you with all your connectivity needs.
Luminet was founded in 2005 and was one of the first to offer commercial wireless broadband solutions to businesses and has grown its client base in London to more than 750 businesses.