SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Cellular service providers are changing the way we know technology. By the end of this year, some are putting an end to their 2G and 3G services. This is all to make way for 5G networks.
But what is 5G? And why does it matter to you?
5G is the fifth generation of phone service.
Gary Hanson is the chairman of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. He explained to KELOLAND News what exactly the differences are in the generations.
- 1G – analog
- 2G/3G – Uses GSM and CDMA frequencies. (Think of these two frequencies as a platform)
- 4G/5G – Uses LTE. (A faster platform developed after 2G/3G. This platform holds a higher standard on the equipment used on this platform.)
Sioux Falls is one of 20 cities that will be the first to have a 5G network. It could be ready to use in the city as early as the end of November. Various cellular providers all agree that having a 5G will improve services nationwide.
According to the T-Mobile website:
“5G will support up to 10x faster speeds for mobile broadband. This will enable richer and faster experiences, such as mobile HD video, mobile AR and VR, and many other applications benefiting from higher speeds”
That being said, this means you can benefit from the 5G network if you have one of two things.
– A 5G phone
– A 4G phone with LTE capabilities
- So if you do have one of these phones that means you’ll:
- Have an increase in speed
- Reduce latency
- Improve flexibility of wireless services.
- 5G technology has a theoretical peak speed of 20 Gbps, while the peak speed of 4G is only 1 Gbps.
– According to Cisco
However, with new technology comes new concerns. Or, do old concerns resurface? In 2000 schools were looking at purchasing laptops. The Broward County Public Schools asked a consultant and physicist, Bill P. Curry, to look at the health hazards of having these laptops.
In his research, Dr. Curry looked at studies on how radio waves affect tissues isolated in the lab, and misinterpreted the results as applying to cells deep inside the human body. His analysis failed to recognize the protective effect of human skin. At higher radio frequencies, the skin acts as a barrier, shielding the internal organs, including the brain, from exposure. Human skin blocks the even higher frequencies of sunlight.”The New York Times
Forbes also backs that 5G is not dangerous.
And if you’re still left with doubt or unanswered questions about radiation exposure, the Federal Communications Commission has a page dedicated to FAQ’s about the safety of radiofrequency. You can find that here.