5G healthpocalypse! Should you be worried?
COVID-19 pandemic and its continuing consequences have given us all plenty to ponder about and worry about. But if there’s one thing we’d like you to permanently take off your concern list is that 5G cellular towers emit radiations that cause Coronavirus.
Here’s a quick introduction for the uninitiated. 5G is the fifth generation of wireless communications technologies supporting cellular data networks. It’s been promised to increase connectivity speed to the internet, potentially allowing everything from self-driving cars to new retail opportunities.
So, what’s the latest fuss about 5G?
First of all, it is important to note that the only type of 5G currently in use is referred to as “sub-6 GHz” (so named because the radio frequencies that it uses are all under, or sub, 6 GHz) This is what is obtainable in China, so have no fear.
The thing is, sub-6 GHz radio signals aren’t new. We’ve been using it all over the world for years for a wide range of applications with no impact. All existing 4G cell networks use sub-6 GHz, for example, and so does Wi-Fi and your home microwave oven.
So, if those signals could cause any type of metabolic change in animals or humans, as some people have tried to argue, we would all have experienced their impact a long time ago. We haven’t experienced any of those threats because, at the signal strength that all these systems use, there has been no measurable negative connection established between these radiations and our health.
Where did the confusion come from?
Many of these arguments or conspiracy theories trace back to the discussions that pop up every few years about the potential health impact of using cellphones at all.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization web sites, ongoing studies have yet to provide any concrete evidence that shows a connection between what’s called non-ionizing radiation that all forms of radio signals generate –everything from cellphones to TV transmissions to traditional radio signals – and human health.
Another important note for the uninitiated: non-ionizing radiation is a form that doesn’t have the potential to cause atomic-level changes to human cells as, for example, X-rays or other more serious forms of radiation can if you are exposed to them for long periods of time.
As luck would have it, the physics of millimeter-wave signals inherently limits the distance they can travel before they dissipate into “nothingness” (for more on the details of how 5G works see “5G could change everything. Here’s what you need to know before you buy into the tech”). That’s why, for example, the coverage maps for millimeter-wave-based 5G service, that carriers like Verizon have, are so limited. Instead of a single cell tower providing miles and miles of signal coverage as you can with sub-6 GHz signals, mmWave requires small cell towers roughly every block and, oh yeah, those signals can’t pass through walls into buildings.
The bottom line is, short of swallowing or embedding a 5G mmWave transmitter into your body and letting it run for a long time, you’re safe.
This should come as some sort of consolation to Nigerians who are still skeptical about 5G. Currently, there is no deployment of 5G in Nigeria. According to Dr. Henry Nkemadu, Director, Public Affairs Nigerian Communications Commission, The NCC back in November 2019 approved a trial test for 5G for three (3) months. The then trial has been concluded and installation decommissioned. NCC has not issued any license for 5G in Nigeria.
Also, it’s important that our customers know that fiber broadband is in no way related to 3G, 4G or 5G. Fiber Optic cable is a terrestrial technology for broadband that existed for decades while 5G is a new mobile technology for enhanced quality of service.
We, at FiberOne Broadband, would like to remind our esteemed customers that ‘you are our priority and as such, we will not engage any technology that would put your health and that of your loved ones at risk. After all, we won’t be here without you. We desire to keep you connected to the people and things that matter to you.