5G, the latest generation of mobile communication, will employ higher frequencies and bandwidth, enabling users to transfer wireless data faster (with rates of up to 10Gbit per second) than older cellphone standards.
Previous ‘G’ networks have used frequencies between 700 MHz and 6 GHz. The 5G network will operate on frequencies between 28 and 100 GHz. To put that into perspective: 4G is 10 times faster than 3G. It is expected that 5G will be around 1,000 times faster than 4G.
In addition to the mobile phone towers already dotted across rural and urban areas, the need to enhance frequency levels for 5G networks could soon see booster antennas positioned on street signs, street lights in a bid to ensure a stable connection for users.
This is a cause for huge concerns as Around 250 scientists from around the world signed a petition recently to the United Nations and World Health Organization outlining their concerns that “cellular and cordless phones … and broadcast antennas,” amongst other radio frequency emitting devices, may produce cancer risks due to the electromagnetic field (EMF) radio waves they produce.
Despite this, the World Health Organization’s International EMF Project, which investigates the health effects of electromagnetic fields on humans, argues there are “no major public health risks [that] have emerged from several decades of EMF research.”
The body concedes, however, “that uncertainties remain.”