5G – the myths and legends

The world of technology is constantly evolving. More people are becoming digitally connected every single day and by the end of 2020, we’re expecting more than 20 billion connected devices across the globe. 4G won’t be able to handle the huge number of connections expected over the coming years. So, we need something new.

New tech needs a strong network to uphold it. 5G will play a huge part in this, and we’re only just chipping away at the surface of its capabilities. It’s going to mean change.  But with change often comes fear; fear of the unknown. We’re here to tackle some of the myths surrounding 5G and put your mind at ease.

Don’t get caught up in the fake news

Lately, 5G has become a scapegoat for coronavirus – but other myths were rife before the virus took hold. Since the birth of 5G, there’s been some funny stories floating around.

Is 5G the cause of coronavirus? The short answer, is no. It’s a conspiracy theory, with no scientific evidence to back the claims. It’s time to separate fact from fiction.  

5G isn’t dangerous. All new technologies are tested under strict guidelines, based on medical studies, and reviewed often. Telecoms companies have to stick to these rules too.

There’s also a health watchdog called ICNIRP.org who look out for excessive power being produced from mobile sites. If 5G was giving off harmful waves of any kind, this watchdog would let the public know.

There aren’t any reports from the scientific community to tell us 5G could be harmful. But we’ve pulled together some scientific bits for you to look at yourself. This should help explain further that 5G supports a promising future, instead of a threat.

The science

  • 5G’s the next generation of mobile internet technology. By using higher radio frequencies, it allows more devices to access the web at the same time.
  • All our radio frequencies, including 5G, are non-ionising. Ionising radiation is found in ultra-violet light, X-rays and Gamma rays – which can be potentially harmful to humans. 5G however, is nowhere near as strong.
  • 5G waves can’t change the structure of a cell, which is what causes cancer.
  • The 5G network also won’t be run on ‘millimetre/mmWave’ technology. It’s being rolled out on a similar spectrum to 2G, 3G and 4G – which already exists today and isn’t dangerous.

So, we’ve spoken about the negative frenzy around 5G and debunked the myths. Now let’s move on to the positives. What benefits does 5G bring to the modern world?


Digital transformation

70% of companies have a digital transformation strategy – or are working on one. 5G has enormous business potential and goes hand in hand with digital transformation. Here’s just some of the key perks.

  • The download and upload speeds are unrivalled. And its reduced latency, (the time between telling a wireless device to do something and the action being completed) means it’s incredibly responsive. In other words, uploading and downloading files will happen in the blink of an eye.
  • The Internet of Things (IOT), paired with 5G, allows a huge number of devices to be connected all at once. New possibilities, like self-driving vehicles and drones, will positively impact the UK’s economy. Deliveries will be quicker, security tighter and the roads we travel on safer. All good news.
  • Its mobile data speed far outstrips the fastest home broadband network. In other words; higher quality voice calls and faster streaming of online content. And on-the-go business will be seamless, with no awkward video calling. None of us like our screen freezing whilst we’re pulling an accidental grimace. With 5G, it’s a thing of the past.

Onwards and upwards 

5G is the future And now’s the time to embrace it. The UK’s business world is reaping the benefits of 5G already - our NHS being a great example. We popped 5G technology into ambulances – allowing paramedics to assess and treat patients instantly with the help of doctors based in hospitals. Imagine how many lives will be saved with this immediate triaging process rolled out nationwide.

But what can we offer for your business?

Technologies such as SD WAN and BT Halo for Business run on 5G technology. Both of these propositions mean we can bring faster connectivity to areas where only copper is available today.

Or let’s say you’ve got a temporary site you’re working on – like a building firm or a pop-up outlet. 5G will let you connect to super-fast speeds through our Fixed Wireless solutions – without needing to lay down roots permanently.

Want to know more?

Take a look at business 5G on BT for more information.