January 13, 2021

34.5 - 5G Networks – What is going on? Pros, Cons, Conspiracies

“5G” is the fifth-generation technology for cellular networks enabling greater bandwidth than current 4G LTE technologies. 5G began developing and being deployed in 2019 and is predicted to service 1.7 billion individuals by 2025.

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Currently, new mobile phone devices are rolling out capable of using 5G infrastructure including the Samsung Galaxy S20/A71, the Motorola One,  and the LG V60 ThinQ (among others), indicating 5G networks will become increasing integrated into the mainstream.

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5G networks will enable the “Internet of Things (IoT)” – a network of physical systems capable of exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet. This includes SmartTVs, Smart appliances, Smart homes, etc.

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Although 5G will enable a plethora of enhanced internet and technology capabilities, legitimate concerns, including weather prediction interference and privacy/security concerns have arisen. Furthermore, many conspiracy theories have emerged that are associated with 5G.

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Herein, we dive into the basics of 5G networks and the main applications. We further discuss the pros and cons of 5G, dive into various conspiracy theories, and review scientific opinions and several current engineering/scientific review papers on the matter.

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What say you?

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Shoutout to pixundfertig for artwork used in this episode.

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