The Pros and Cons of 5G

Although the implementation of 4G is less than a decade old, many people cannot remember what life was like before we had access to such immediate data downloads. After all, technology has managed to infiltrate every aspect of our lives and has wormed its way into every industry so effectively that being disconnected from the world is nothing more than a distant memory. In fact, the long awaited 5G network was introduced just months ago, offering users a service that is said to be 40 times faster than 4G! Read on as the team here at Internet Marketing Questions go over some of the pros and cons of this advanced technology…

Pro: Does a 5G bandwidth increase loading speeds?

The amount of space that is available for users to view internet websites, download files and watch videos is known as a bandwidth and the more of it that is available, the faster things will load. Perhaps the most impressive feat of 5G technology is the increased bandwidth that is on offer, which is impressively higher than 3G and 4G networks because it completely eradicates the downloading and buffering issues that customers have been complaining about for years.

Con: Can 5G put public health at risk?

With this said, there have been many alarming reports about the danger of the high frequency millimetre radio signals that 5G technology relies on and how they could put people’s health at risk. After all, the mass usage of a 5G network would involve the installation of small cells located within a close proximity to where people live, work and leisure and scientists suggest that prolonged exposure to the radiation that is emitted could have irreversible effects on their health.

Pro: What are the benefits of smaller 5G cell towers?

The idea of futuristic technology like 5G is to provide consumers with a better product with fewer materials. As a result, the cell towers that emit the radio waves necessary are much smaller than those utilised in 3G and 4G networks and this means that they can be placed much closer together in order to provide the reliable connection we all desire. In addition to this, their small size also makes them much more versatile when it comes to the installation process which allows them to be placed on rooftops, in public parks or even on utility poles.

Con: Does 5G offer less coverage?

Both 3G and 4G networks were popular because their bandwidth was limited and this reduced the number of cell towers that were required to support it. In fact, bandwidth plays a huge role in what 5G has to offer consumers and this means that the network requires a large number of cell towers in order to account for it. As a result, the coverage that consumers may expect to receive may not be as widespread at first until more of these cell towers are rolled out in order to account for the reduced coverage drop of 4G networks as a result of the higher bandwidth that is necessary to support 5G.

Although 5G is still in its infancy after being tested in a handful of UK cities throughout the first half of 2019, there are several phone providers and networks that now offer a reliable connection. In fact, EE was the first company to switch on commercial 5G and it is expected that the sale of smartphones with 5G compatibility will hit 3 million by 2020 as consumers search for faster and more reliable download speeds. To find out more information about 5G connections and how it can impact internet marketing, get in contact with a member of the IMQ team today!