False promises? Experts say the marketing hype around 5G is misleading.
By Lance D Johnson
The 5G Revolution is right upon us, or is it? According to experts with the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), all the hype surrounding 5G is misleading. The 5G networks are “in the early stages” and will only be compatible with select smart phones in the coming years. These 5G compatible phones will be expensive and will rely on 4G networks to get going. The 5G rollout is dependent upon the installation of new towers; ideally new towers and transmitters will need to be installed 500 feet apart from one another. This influx of cell towers will emit short wavelength microwaves and will bombard homes with significant amounts of radiation. Over a million new towers will have to be erected to make 5G work as intended. According to HealthImpactNews, the “small cell” transmitters will be mounted on top of electric utility poles, municipal buildings, schools, and in city parks, on top of street signs, bus shelters, and anywhere else telecom companies wish. There will be no escaping the intense microwave radiation pulsing through people’s homes and communities.
The future of 5G smart cities are over hyped and downplay human health risks
All the hype surrounding 5G is misleading because of the price people will inevitably have to pay with their health. Developing brains are most vulnerable. Notwithstanding, 5G won’t become a reality for consumers unless mobile operators upgrade their networks with 5G gear made by companies such as Finland’s Nokia or China’s Huawei. Furthermore, phone makers will have to mass produce handsets that contain 5G radios that can hook up to the new networks. Until then, 4G wireless networks will carry most of the load, as 5G networks take time to erect. GSMA experts predict that 5G will only make up about 15 percent of worldwide mobile subscriptions by 2025. The 4G networks will account for an estimated 45 percent.