Five Myths about the 5G Technology

Five Myths about the 5G Technology

What is the connection between the Facebook post of April 22, 2020 for 150 dead birds in a city in the West Netherlands and the 5G network? Why are there people who think that 5G was created to spy on us? What are passive chips and can they be used for tracking?

Why are theories absurd or completely impossible, how do networks evolve, and why is 5G the normal next step in technology development?

Five myths that ask and answer the most common questions about 5G networks around the world and in our country.


Myth 1: 5G is unexplored technology.

Writer Douglas Adams divides technology into three types. Those that existed before we were born seem to us the most natural thing. Everything invented before we turned 35 is revolutionary and it's worth making a career out of it. And everything that happened after we turned 35 is against the natural course of things. Through their gradual evolution over the years, the task of all generations of mobile networks remains the same: how to transmit more and more data to more and more users using the familiar spectrum of radio waves. This is achieved either by new technologies for compressing information or by introducing new frequencies. The frequencies on which the 5G networks will be officially developed worldwide are currently in the range of 700 MHz -28 Hz. In Bulgaria the starting ranges are in the lower part of this range. The next step is expected to be the 24 - 28 GHz. All these frequencies have long been known and studied. They have been used for decades in the operation of television transmitters, through Wi-Fi networks, all the way to aviation. With the new way of using these frequencies, the fifth generation of mobile networks will take us into a whole new era of connectivity. Not only will we be able to transmit huge amounts of data in a flash, but we will also be able to create a network in which the signal has many times less delay. This will allow us to open the door to a gigabit society, where such technologies of the future as autonomous transport or remote surgery will be able to turn from science fiction into reality.

Myth 2: 5G spreads the Corona virus.

Among the myths about the 5G network, is that it spreads the coronavirus and surely,  is one of the most popular. However, it is not true. It is physically impossible for a biological virus to spread through electromagnetic waves. Electromagnetic waves are oscillations of the electric and magnetic fields. And Covid-19 is transmitted mainly through droplets and aerosols, which we distribute when we breathe or talk. Saying, that the Coronavirus spreads over the 5G network, is like transmitting a TV signal by airborne droplets. Many people worry that the 5G network somehow makes us more susceptible to the virus. However, there is no such connection either. These frequencies, in fact, have been around us for a long time. They work with, for example, the radars of newer car models, airport scanners, and Wi-Fi routers. It is honestly speculated that the start of the pandemic comes at the same time as the construction of the first 5G cells in Wuhan - does this not mean that there must be some connection?

Around Wuhan at the end of 2019, 5G cells were indeed built, but this is far from the first appearance of the network. At the moment, in Los Angeles and Sacramento, for example, the 5G network has been active for more than a year. For the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, 5G is used to serve the needs of mobile internet. This is 2 years before the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. And in Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the Coronavirus, no 5G structure was built during the peak of the epidemic. So, we can safely conclude that the Coronavirus and the 5G network have just as much in common as email and seasonal flu.

Myth 3: 5G is harmful due to radiation.

To find out if 5G frequencies are dangerous, let's look at the electromagnetic spectrum. It starts from the lowest frequencies, such as radio waves, passes through visible light and reaches X-rays and gamma rays. The most important division of the spectrum related to human health is ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. With its very high frequency, ionizing radiation has enough energy to knock an electron out of orbit, change the structure of the molecule, and cause mutations. Therefore, in order to protect ourselves from ionizing frequencies, there are strict regulations and precautions. Even the highest 5G frequencies currently being discussed are thousands of times lower. Having explained that 5G frequencies are far from the ionizing spectrum, is there no other way they can harm us? The only proven effect of radio waves is heat. How strong it is directly depends on the power of the radiation, which is strictly regulated. At the international level, the pressure is controlled not to exceed 2 hundredths of a degree.

And in Bulgaria the restrictions are 45 times stricter. Therefore, in the group of 5G network, fall coffee, pickles and the profession -  carpenter. We also have bad news, ham and alcohol are in a much riskier group.

Myth 4: 5G is a spy system.

There is no untold joke about the coronavirus vaccines and the chips that will spy on us through 5G network. When we hear "nanochip", we first think of the super-technologies in Hollywood movies - or the functions of our smartphones. However, movies are science fiction, and phone chips are powered by a large battery that needs to be charged regularly. Passive chips without power, which are small enough to be injected with a syringe, are activated by a reader at a very close distance. They cannot support 5G connection and contain only simple information - most often a link to a database or access code. GPS tracking is beyond their power. It would be convenient if you lose your dog to track it through its chip. Unfortunately, this is not possible. In short, the technology of spying with secret - vaccine chips, is not possible and has nothing to do with the 5G network.

Myth 5: 5G will come to a town near you very soon!

If you live or work, in certain areas of big cities, then this is sort of true. But for everyone else, especially in remote parts of the world, it will be some time yet before it arrives. And that's all folks. We hope this has put some of the most common myths about 5G to bed. But, if not, feel free to voice your concerns and questions in the comments below. Whether you are for or against the impending 5G "revolution", there is little doubt that it is splitting opinion in society at large. A lot of myths are surrounding us everywhere on the network, but we surely can not believe everything are they are saying. Take care of yourself, and be sure to trust yourself first!

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