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!