There’s a real fear at the moment that the new 5G mobile network causes cancer.
It’s being chatted about in workplace kitchens, and discussed within WhatsApp groups.
It’s a fear that’s multiplying and morphing – but where did it start? And should we be listening to it?
The Quicky did a deep dive into the affects of the 5G network. Post continues after podcast.
The reason 5G was created in the first place, is because we’ve created a bit of a problem.
We’re still using the same radio frequency bands we’ve been using since before smartphones were as advanced as they are now, so it’s all getting very crowded.
The answer is to explore other parts of the radio frequency spectrum to see if they too can transmit data.
5G uses millimetre waves on a higher frequency between 30 and 300 gigahertz and will be about 60 times faster than 4G.
The radio waves we’ve been using previously are huge in comparison – they’re tens of centimetres long.
Satellite operators and radar systems already utilise this space, but it does have its limitations. It can’t for example, travel though buildings very well and they [the waves] can be absorbed by trees and rain.
So in order to allow 5G to exist in this space, more antenna are needed throughout the country in closer proximity – which is what’s happening now.
A video has been doing the rounds fuelling claims about the “cancer causing properties” of the 5G network.
Here’s a snippet. Post continues after video.