The evolution of 5G technology has become a hot topic in the tech world, with equal excitement and trepidation surrounding its conception. Since we recruit for IT and tech positions, it’s our business to keep up to date with changes in the industry, so this week we take a look at 5G, it’s pro’s and con’s, and what it means for the future of the workplace.
What Is 5G?
It’s the next generation of mobile tech following on from 4G, set to increase network speeds to 400 megabits per second, compared to 4G’s current speeds of 20-50 megabits per second. So 5G will offer higher bandwidth, better battery life, lower distortion and noise, higher download speeds and lower latency, i.e. faster responses.
What workplace challenges will 5G trigger?
Though 5G means higher speeds and more reliable connections, networking infrastructures in businesses will have to update their tech devices to enable this new tech, which can be costly not only to install new devices, but also to provide training.
Once 5G does become more widespread, it may take a while for its full capabilities to be available, so a business may upgrade their products but not be able to reap the full benefits straight away.
Activists like Arthur Robert Firstenberghave warned against the installation of 5G with fears that the radio frequency radiation will cause health issues like cancer, damaging our DNA and cells. Other scientists have supported this claim, Dr. Martin Pall, a biochemistry professor at the Washington State University has appealed to the United Nations to reduce the EMF (electro magnetic field) radiations from wireless sources.
However, other researchers have debunked these theories. According to The Express, Hamish MacLeod, Director at Mobile UK, the trade association which represents Three, EE, O2 and Vodafone, told Express.co.uk: “Research into the safety of radio signals has been conducted for more than 50 years. The strong consensus among the public health agencies, such as the World Health Organisation (which set up the International EMF Project in 1996), is that no health risks have been established from exposure to the low-level radio signals used for mobile communications.
What will the benefits be?
5G will revolutionise the way we communicate. It will allow the possibility to connect more devices to one network and overall offer a faster and more efficient service. For business this means better security designs, data sharing, risk management, communication, emergency correspondence and resource management. This means day-to-day business will run more easily, and the potential of current tech inventions like surgical robots, robots to replace people in factories and autonomous cars will become a real possibility, allowing a faster advancement of innovative tech. 5G also will create better business opportunities and international communications., increase productivity, create new industries and jobs.
The UK isn’t set to install 5G until nearer 2020, but other countries like South Korea, China, Japan and the US are looking to launch 5G networks in 2019.
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