The 5G Technology Hype: Big Promises but at What Price and for What?

As the hype over the 5G technology heightens, smartphone users are becoming all too eager to experience the much talked-about promise of monumental advancements in wireless communication.

Leading smartphone makers like Samsung, Huawei and OnePlus are now sending out messages about their forthcoming 5G phones and how their device can further change lifestyles. Talks about faster speed, lower latency, of holographic video calls and of much better Internet of Things (IoT), whet appetites even more.

Yet those are only the bright side of the new communications technology. How about looking at the opposite direction where certain aspects about 5G network and 5G phones are being overshadowed by all the hype.

First off, many are predicting that real 5G connectivity with its 100-times faster speed will also have the same birth pangs manifested by the 4G technology when it was first introduced. Techie soothsayers say that it will take long before the technology can achieve perfection. Although 5G transmissions have high frequency, its wavelengths are shorter and are in fact called, millimeter waves.

Overview of How the 5G Communications Technology Work

Shorter wavelengths require shorter distance between the 5G device and the transmitting towers. In order for 5G technology to work as promised, there must be multiple small cell sites in nearly every nook and cranny of a city alone, Wireless companies estimate that they have to install about 3,00,000 new antennas, which is roughly about the same number of cell towers that had been built over the last three decades.

Is 5G Technology Safe?

Going back to the multiple towers that send out multiple beams of millimeter waves, in order to make 5G coverage possible in position any location or position, the potential health risks posed to the human body are once again being raised. Organizations are calling for comprehensive studies about the potential ill-effects of the entire 5G technology on the human body, before allowing a multitude of cell sites to proliferate in communities.

The scenario is this, massive beams of millimeter waves that can penetrate metal and concrete will also pass through every human body that stands in their path. Health concerns have been raised since the introduction of 2G, through the technology’s transformations to 3G and then 4G. It seems that everybody is enjoying the benefits of advanced communications so much, that serious studies about the potential effects have been overlooked..

How Much will 5G Technology Cost Users

It is obvious that 5G technology from inception to actual deployment already costs hundred billions in investors’ money. End-users therefore must also expect to pay greater prices, not only for high-end 5G devices but also for the service provided by network carriers. How else can the companies recoup their investment in as short a time as possible?

Performance Issues Already Noted by Testers

CNET global testers already noted performance issues particularly with battery life, as use of the 5G service tends to consume battery life also at a faster pace than 4G. Moreover, tests made during the height of the heatwave in July, resulted to device overheating. This forced testers to switch to 4G in order to carry on with ongoing resource-heavy tasks, such as streaming videos or when making advanced photography effects.

To sum it all up, if you have a limited budget, hold your horses before becoming one of the firsts to enter the 5G technology scene.