Here's how 5G will actually affect our everyday lives
We spend so much of our lives on the internet and this is set to increase in the future.
One reason for this is because access to the internet is becoming seamless and a normal part of daily lives. It doesn’t take ages to upload photos or send messages like the early days. In the next few years, we will see many countries roll out 5G technologies.
Here is a brief overview of the three main wireless communication technologies that we have seen in the last few years:
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3G (384 Kbps)
This seems old school compared to today’s standard. With 3G it would take over a day to download a full HD film. These were the days we left the laptop to download overnight hoping it would be done the next day.
4G (100 Mbps)
Currently, this is the standard. At the highest speeds in countries such as South Korea, it will take over 7 -30 mins to download an HD film. The wait times can be much higher in areas not as well connected and developed
5G (10 Gbps)
With 5G, it will take 4-40 seconds to download an HD film. These speeds are something we aren’t used to. There’s never ever loading on videos or web pages. Everything is instant with speeds faster and more reliable.
The mobile network provider, O2, forecasts that 5G will earn the UK £6 million a year through productivity savings.
By far the biggest benefit of 5G is the ushering in new technologies such as self-driving cars and smart homes.
The 5G network will play a big part in integrating the Internet of Things (IoT) into our everyday lives. This will enables tools such as smart fridges, smart grids, and electric autonomous vehicles to function wirelessly, which will save households on average £450 a year through lower food, council and fuel bills. 5G has already begun to launch in countries such as the US and South Korea. By 2035 5G will support the production of up to £8.5 trillion worth of goods and services. 5G will launch in the UK during 2019 for the four main mobile network operators.
The benefits sound amazing and the future is bright and connected, however, people have been raising concerns about the potentially harmful impacts of 5G on both humans and the environment. There have been reports that the waves emitted from 5G signals have the ability to cause cancer through their radiation. There are claims that 5G panels can also affect the environment, so even though the technology can make our lives easier, we should always look at the risks and avoid blindly accepting every new technology that is given to us.