As with any new technology, the amount of information about 5G out there is dazzling – and some of it is potentially misleading. Our Knowledge Bank takes you through the key topics.
What is 5G?
The first of our Knowledge Bank articles covers the basics of what 5G is, and what it can do for us. Other articles look at key topics such as 5G benefits, health and safety implications, and environment.
How is 5G different?
5G is a step-change. It is not an upgrade from 4G, but allows connected devices to easily and seamlessly interact.
Benefits of 5G?
The Scottish Government’s aspiration is for Scotland to be at the forefront of the 5G revolution establishing the whole country as a leading 5G digital nation. What will this mean for business, public sector and society?
Investment into 5G infrastructure?
The rollout of 5G will create a need for more physical infrastructure. The Scottish Government has supported this by making substantial investment in the digital infrastructure across Scotland.
Will 5G affect our environment?
5G uses millimetre waves (or mmWaves), which are a lot shorter than the wavelengths 4G uses. The shorter wavelength means 5G can carry a lot of data much faster than 4G but has a much shorter range. What are the implications of this?
Health and Safety
Orange Radio Waves wrote an article discussing the common misconception of 5G. Here is some of the misconception discussed.
In Oct/Nov 2018, hundreds of starlings died in Huygenspark, The Hague. No 5G trial was conducted during this time and the cause of death was eating toxic needles of yew trees.
Trees and buildings can influence how 5G signals propagate. However, this is considered when planning telephone installations. So, it is untrue that trees are cut down due to 5G.
5G uses less energy and does not negatively affects the climate. 5G is more efficient than previous technologies and requires less energy than 4G.
The French agricultural research confederation centre of expertise advised, “None of the studies conducted on the topic to date have been able to establish that electromagnetic pollution is a problem for bees.”
Based on current scientific knowledge and after 30 years of research, there is no proof of health issues due to antennas if the limits are observed.
Based on current scientific information, it is not possible to establish a link between mobile telephony radiation and potential health problems.
Whether you’re a business, a local authority or a journalist, there are some key 5G resources that will help you understand Scotland’s 5G opportunities, aspirations and sources of help. We’ve signposted them for you.
Our 5G Glossary demystifies the jargon and acronyms associated with 5G. If you want to know the difference between FTTP and FTTC or explain the ECC in one sentence, this is for you.