5G Equipment

5G For Businesses

5G for business is still being developed by a lot of cutting edge technology-focused companies.

USA 5G Consumer Devices

5G Phones at a Glance
Brand Phone(s) Carriers Price
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Verizon
Sprint
T-Mobile
256GB: $1,300
512GB: $1,400
Galaxy Note10+ 5G Verizon
AT&T
T-Mobile
Metro by T-Mobile
256GB: $1,299
512GB: $1,399
Galaxy S20 5G
Galaxy S20+ 5G
Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
S20 5G: SprintT-MobileAT&TVisibleBoost Mobile

S20+ 5GS20 Ultra 5G: All carriers

S20: $999
S20+: $1,199 (128GB); $1,349 (512GB)
S20 Ultra: $1,399 (128GB); $1,599 (512GB)
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G Sprint $840
7T Pro 5G McLaren T-Mobile $899
8 5G Verizon
T-Mobile
$799
LG V50 ThinQ 5G Verizon
Sprint
$1,000
V60 ThinQ 5G Verizon
AT&T
T-Mobile
U.S. Cellular
$809 (no dual screen)
$949 (dual screen)
Motorola 5G Moto Mod (for Moto Z devices) Verizon $350

Canada 5G Consumer Devices

Brand Phone(s) Carriers Price
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Verizon
Sprint
T-Mobile
256GB: $1,300
512GB: $1,400
Galaxy Note10+ 5G Verizon
AT&T
T-Mobile
Metro by T-Mobile
256GB: $1,299
512GB: $1,399
Galaxy S20 5G
Galaxy S20+ 5G
Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
S20 5G: SprintT-MobileAT&TVisibleBoost Mobile

S20+ 5GS20 Ultra 5G: All carriers

S20: $999
S20+: $1,199 (128GB); $1,349 (512GB)
S20 Ultra: $1,399 (128GB); $1,599 (512GB)
OnePlus 7 Pro 5G Sprint $840
7T Pro 5G McLaren T-Mobile $899
8 5G Verizon
T-Mobile
$799
LG V50 ThinQ 5G Verizon
Sprint
$1,000
  V60 ThinQ 5G Verizon
AT&T
T-Mobile
U.S. Cellular
$809 (no dual screen)
$949 (dual screen)
Motorola 5G Moto Mod (for Moto Z devices) Verizon $350

 

Why cities need to become “smarter” during the pandemic

When one thinks of large-scale projects for a city or town, the first thought that comes to mind is often a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new bridge or school. However, it is usually the smaller, less visible projects that offer a more significant financial and overall value to the residents.

 

One such project is to upgrade the many lighting systems that a city uses to "smart systems." These systems involve first allowing the devices to send/receive information, then use it to improve their overall usage. One can apply this to all sorts of lights used by a city, including streets and roadways, parking lots at government facilities, pathways and trails and more.

 

The reason why these solutions offer such tremendous value to a city is the fact that they provide many financial and lifestyle improvements for the residents.

 

Improved safety

Studies have shown that crime goes up in areas with a high number of burnt out or underperforming lights. Unfortunately, it was not always easy for a city to know the status of all of the lights they use, which often number into the tens of thousands.

 

By notifying the Operations team of a light that is not performing as desired, cities can ensure that lights are fixed before they completely go out, which improves safety for the residents and city staff.

 

Reduced power usage/greenhouse emissions

Having an area well-lit is a good thing, but only if people are there to use it. Many lights do not need to be on all night- they can be switched on based on time of day or presence of a human. Smart systems improve on both of these options.

 

City employees can turn on lights based on an expected booking, such as for a playing field and can remotely turn them off once everyone has left. Remote light controls both reduce unnecessary uptime and possibly a trip out by an employee. Many lights in areas such as parks can be set to only turn on based on motion, reducing their usage when no one is there.

 

Reduced capital cost / more efficient use of resources

Today, many municipalities use a pre-set schedule for replacing/upgrading lighting systems. However, this means that some lights may be prematurely changed while others have been burnt out well before their change.

 

The combination of smart lights with data analysis software allows for a much better strategic plan for Operations staff. This allows for lighting to be changed only when they are not performing well, improving the overall capital expenditure budget.

 

In short, now is the time for cities to invest in smart lighting systems. Many areas are not seeing as much traffic as before, so the disruption to the residents will be minimized. Lighting systems may not be as "sexy" as a new bridge, but they make a significant improvement in any city's day-to-day life.

 

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From time to time, we like to feature one of our end customers for their contribution to the IoT world. One such customer is DimOnOff, a pioneer of remote control & monitoring technologies and is among the top players in the smart city management market.

 

Headquartered in Quebec City, Canada, DimOnOff is the result of more than 12 years of investment in R & D to create the ultimate IoT, Smart City Management System "SCMS."

We encourage you to check out www.DimOnOff.com for software, relays, controls, sensors and cellular communications equipment needed to power smart cities.

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Analyzing the current world of IoT: Part 1 of 2

I have been in this space for a while. In addition to having a podcast/blog, I get asked a lot about the current state of IoT. It may come from people in the industry looking for insight, people looking to make investments in this space or to learn more about this booming area.

I have decided to answer some of the questions in more detail and to do it in two parts. In the first part, we look at a few different aspects of the current world of IoT. In part 2, we look at the next decade of IoT.

 

Question 1 – Has the growth of IoT been as fast as you thought it would be? If not, why not?

 

There is a common joke among many in the space about how soon enough, we will see the “hockey-stick curve level” growth that we have heard about throughout the years. 

Please don’t get me wrong, IoT has grown considerably over the past decade, but the growth never quite seemed to match the hype.

There have been some areas of growth that have helped push the industry forward. 

Public Safety and Utility companies come to mind. Both of those industries had been significant users of private radio for a while, so the migration towards Internet-based traffic was not a major one. You can also put Oil and Gas exploration into that camp.

One area that I still am a bit surprised not to have seen more growth was the medical space, although they are quickly making up for it in the past few years.

 

 

Question 2 – What are some areas where the growth of IoT has underperformed, and what are some areas that have surprised you with how fast they adopted IoT?

 

In addition to the medical community that I mentioned earlier, another space that is missing in the IoT boom is the Food industry. Sure, there have been some pockets (such as automated planting, some sensor-based farming and others) but not like I would have thought. These industries work on very low margins, and it would have made sense for them to gain any competitive edge that they could have, which IoT would have provided.

In terms of ones that have overperformed, I would say the waste management area. 

Many companies moved towards IoT very early on in the lifecycle of IoT, and the use of weight sensors is far more common than expected.

 

 

Question 3 – Is IoT destined to be taken over by large tech companies?

 

Yes and no. 

You see a massive influx of large companies in particular spaces in the industry. Platforms like AWS and Azure are becoming formidable, but a large number of smaller players make significant strides. In terms of the services side, companies like IBM and Accenture are getting slowly into the data integration and services side, but most turn-key leaders do not fall into the mega-cap size.

I see big companies getting further into other spaces, but mainly areas with the widest appeal to their existing base. Apple and other watch manufacturers are getting more into the health side, to appeal to their older customers, but I don’t see them getting into full-blown medical solutions. Platform providers like Amazon and Microsoft have some compelling IoT solutions and building-blocks. Still, there will always be room for 3rd party players to build on their platforms to deliver their solutions to the market.

 

 

Question 4 – will 5G be the end of landlines?

 

I guess it depends on how you look at the “end.” Will it curb any growth for landlines shortly? I would say that it would, but I would not expect to see millions of landlines disconnected in 2021.

The big argument in favour of 5G is its flexibility and availability. You can have it in a single device or use a 5G connection to power a home or business connectivity needs. It can work at home, in the car or at the cottage (if you have coverage). If your lifestyle is mobile, there is a compelling reason for you to go all-in on 5G. 

However, you will pay a substantial premium for doing so, and I am not sure that flexibility is worth the extra cost for many.

 

 

5G in the USA

Many have had great success with 5G, but we still haven't wholly defaulted to 5G- Why is that? In this brief article about 5G, we will explore what it is, who is developing 5G and when it's set to thrive in the USA. 

 

Definition

5G stands for "fifth-generation technology" standard for cellular networks, which mobile phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019. South Korea has the highest number of cities with 5G availability, followed by China, the U.S., and the U.K. In this chart below, we'll take a look at 4 of the USA's largest carriers, and how they're planning to unveil in the coming years for 5G in the market.

 

Why is 5G better than 4G? 

5G's biggest differentiator to 4G will be as a gateway for the Internet of Things-connected world at scale. Eventually, 5G networking will be revolutionary for data-driven industries, smart cities and infrastructure management because it will be possible to have many more devices working, reliably, securely, and uninterrupted in the same area. While many are excited about the personal benefits of advantages like faster streaming, the business potential for IoT is incredible.

 

5G's Promise

Much like 4G introduced the world to the gig economy, mobile 5G will jumpstart the next wave of unforeseen innovation.

 

What will 5G look like?

5G will make it easier to download large amounts of data. Imagine that 4G is a normal-sized door: one person can get through quickly, but if you try to push too much through, the door will get clogged. 5G will be like a large hallway that allows lots of people to move at once without getting clogged up.

In practice, 5G will make it easier for Internet-enabled devices, like special refrigerators and coffee pots, to stay connected. Some experts believe that 5G will make robotic surgery possible. Finally, experts believe that 5G will also make self-driving cars and delivery drones more efficient.

Moreover, 5G infrastructure will be different. Because of how 5G is designed, it will need antennas that are significantly closer to the cell towers that we currently have. That means you'll be seeing small antennas everywhere.

5G will also change your phones themselves. 5G enabled phones will need to have different antennas inside them. 5G phones are expected to use less power, meaning you won't have to charge your phone as often.

AT&T

AT&T 5G 

AT&T will be developing 5G through three "core 5G pillars." Those pillars include mobile 5G, fixed 5G, and edge computing — all of which will play a significant role in 5G development as time goes on.

Where is 5G available?

5G+ is our name for 5G areas expected to provide even faster 5G service in select areas around the country. This will create innovation zones where the most ambitious uses of 5G can come to life. While the initial launch of 5G+ is modest, speeds, coverage, and devices will improve. You can see if your device is compatible with our 5G+ network by checking the wireless specs for your device.

5G+ is now available in select areas of the following cities:

AZ: Phoenix
CA: Los Angeles, Menlo Park, Oakland, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, West Hollywood
FL: Jacksonville, Miami, Miami Gardens, Orlando
GA: Atlanta
IN: Indianapolis
KY: Louisville
LA: New Orleans
MD: Baltimore, Ocean City
MI: Detroit
NC: Charlotte, Raleigh
NV: Las Vegas
NY: New York City
OH: Cleveland
OK: Oklahoma City
PA: King of Prussia, Philadelphia
TN: Nashville
TX: Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Waco

Verizon

Verizon 5G

Verizon's 5G speeds are the fastest in the world right now, with their 5G Ultra Wideband delivering speeds more than 10 times faster than some other 5G networks. Also, the first to truly reach 5G on a consumer level in the US.  Although Verizon "won" the race, America's other top carriers are not far behind. Verizon has many compatible consumer devices ready  for 5G speeds. You can get a full list here.

Where is Verizon 5G available?

Verizon has expanded service to 34 cities, and their 5G services are also available in 24 stadiums and arenas. 

T-Mobile

As a result, T-Mobile customers will find themselves on the 600MHz network more often than not. It's currently available in about 5,000 cities and towns, including many rural locations. People in urban areas will increasingly be able to connect to the company's mid-band spectrum. According to Ray, peak speeds of 600Mbps are already being delivered to Philadelphia customers. 

Small pockets of cities (think blocks) will deliver up to 1Gbps 5G speeds. Digital Trends has tested Verizon's mmWave 5G network in Chicago, and the experience should be similar on T-Mobile's mmWave network. In areas covered by T-Mobile's 600MHz 5G network, you should see speeds regularly around 200 to 300Mbps, which for many rural areas, is a massive improvement over LTE. The difference might be less noticeable in suburban areas where cellular networks are more robust.

T-Mobile's low-band 5G network is live "nationwide" on its 600MHz spectrum. It's the first "layer" of what its CTO Neville Ray calls a "5G layer cake" comprised of widespread low-band 600MHz, the company's mid-band 2.5GHz holdings, and high-band mmWave at the top. Compatible devices are already widely available, and more will become available throughout 2020.

Promising dramatically faster speeds, instantaneous communication, and the ability to network everything, 5G has incredible potential. A limited rollout of the service began in select cities in 2018, and 5G started appearing in the towns around the U.S. in 2019, with much more comprehensive launches expected throughout 2020.

T-Mobile 5G 

Where is 5G available?

T-Mobile says it plans to work on it's mid- and high-band deployments in earnest in 2020. While Verizon was first to launch its 5G network, recently, both T-Mobile and AT&T have started to build out their own aggressively. By the end of 2020, a large percentage of the country will have access to 5G in some form. But Verizon is a behemoth and has the capacity (and money) to vie for a piece of the U.S. 5G pie aggressively. 

 

5G can bridge the Digital Infrastructure gap in the US

Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum in the US, there is one thing that most people cannot deny ... some states have done much better than others, financially, over the past 30 years.  Now, each side will have their own arguments as to why and how to fix it, perhaps even with a bit of merit, but there is one wide discrepancy between have and have-not states that most agree needs to be fixed:

 

High-Speed Internet access is vital in 2019 (and beyond) for a community to grow and providing it to a community can often be a key to their achieving success.  It is sad that 24 million Americans do not have access in 2019.

 

Now, a lot of questions come up, even if everyone were to agree ... who pays for it?  Which communities would get it first?  Is it government-run or Industry run?  I don’t know the best answers to those, but I do have one answer ... A combination of 4G/5G infrastructure is likely the best technology to get it done, regardless of who may pay for it.

 

Most cities in the poorer states have a relatively strong infrastructure to support a 5G deployment, and based on a business case, the cellular carriers would likely have put in the upgrade anyways.  I am talking about cities like Louisville, Jackson and Charleston.  Where government and other funding may be needed is in the areas around these cities, where 5G may not have been planned.  Upgrading these areas to 5G would allow businesses to be set up, ranging from factories to E-commerce based businesses.  A small tax break or incentive by the government may be enough to convince the Verizon’s and AT&T’s to upgrade.

 

In the more extremely remote areas, even with government assistance, it may be tough to justify a 5G installation.  However, an uncongested 4G network is quite quick, with speeds that are more than fast enough for real-time applications that a business would need.  It would also improve healthcare, education and more for all communities.  It would offer one of the best returns on investments, even if it was all subsidized ... which it would not have to be.

 

One has to think that there are a lot of other companies, since they may benefit, who would be interested in possible subsidies/grants.  Take a company like Google, who would now see a new area of growth for YouTube, as an example.

 

One can hope that with all of the fighting going on in Washington, this would be something that all agree is a project worth spending money on, as it is such a glaring need ...

10 Good Things To Know About 5G

Date: January 18th, 2017

 

5G is coming, but few know much about it.  Not to worry, here are 10 things that will help you sound as if you are “in the know.”

 

It is fast …like really fast.

When you hear about cellular network speeds, think of it like your car speedometer.  Just because your car says it can go 200Km/hr (130mph), that doesn’t mean that you will ever drive it that fast, due to things like traffic, laws, etc.  The same is true for network speeds.  However, expect speeds at least 10x what you have now on LTE networks.

 

It avoids any extra delays

There is a term called latency, which is the time is takes for a piece of data to go back and forth on a network (think, “my latency to get ice cream and be back on the couch is equal to one TV commercial”).  LTE networks have pretty low latency for most applications.  However, 5G reduces it by 95%, making it possible to do things like surgical procedures remotely.

 

It uses a different type of “tower”

Most people visualize a cell tower as being a big tall object by the highway.  However, 5G will start off by using a ton of little towers that are placed closer together.  Some of them will be as small as a pizza box!

 

It can handle your phone, your home, your car…

5G is able to handle many times more devices than today’s networks, meaning that you will not experience slowdowns in network speed like you do now.  This also leads to the next point ….

 

It will power the growth of IoT

With the ability to handle many times more devices, 5G will reduce the cost of network connectivity.  This is expected to power the move towards using cellular to connect IoT devices, such as cars, appliances and smartwatches.

 

It arrives sooner than you think

While some of the equipment may be ready soon, it takes time to not only install the network equipment but to set up the infrastructure for a network.  So, while there may be some limited connectivity in 2019, expect it to start to become widely available in 2020 … which is only 2 years away!

 

It requires new equipment

Sorry, in order to gain the benefits of using 5G, you will need to use 5G-ready equipment, which is not available for a while.  The first devices available will almost certainly be smartphones.

 

It will change many industries

The availability of super high-speed connectivity at prices comparable to DSL/Cable will change just about every business … this ranges from transportation to retail to how you watch live events using VR technology!

 

Most things you own will have a “rate plan”

As mentioned, more of the devices in your home and office will use the cellular network, so they will have a monthly rate plan.  The good news is that most of those plans will be pennies per month and the cost will likely be included in the price you pay.

 

It will further enhance “cord-cutting”

If you can get DSL/Cable like speeds just about anywhere, why would you have a landline connection at home?  Expect the wide availability of 5G to further erode the base of those using landline services at home.

5G Infrastructure

What Are 5G Cell Towers and How Do They Work?

5G cell towers are completely different than previous technologies. They are not only more advanced, but they use much higher and more intense frequencies. (Which is why people are so concerned about the health risks, read more here.) 

The millimetre wave frequencies that 5G towers use are able to carry much more significant amounts of data but struggle going through obstacles such as trees, walls and weather events. 

 

How Do 5G Cell Towers Work?

 

 Thankfully, telecommunications companies will not have to start from scratch. Although 4th generation cell towers will not transmit 5G signals, 5G transmitters can be placed on old 3G and 4G cell towers.

And because the 5G frequencies are much higher than in previous generations, the wavelengths are a lot shorter. These shorter (millimetre length) waves carry more data but can't move very well through obstacles such as weather, concrete and plants. Experts estimate they will have to have 5G mini cell towers every 2 to 8 houses or, depending on the frequencies being transmitted and the obstacles potentially in the way.

 

How Does 5G Work

 

The Radio Access Network - consists of various types of facilities, including small cells, towers, masts and dedicated in-building and home systems that connect mobile users and wireless devices to the central core network.

Small cells will be a significant feature of 5G networks, particularly at the new millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies, where the connection range is very short. To provide a continuous connection, small cells will be distributed in clusters depending on where users require a connection, which will complement the macro network that provides wide-area coverage.

5G Macro Cells will use MIMO (multiple inputs, multiple outputs) antennas with various elements or connections to send and receive more data simultaneously. The benefit to users is that more people can simultaneously connect to the network and maintain high throughput. Where MIMO antennas use huge numbers of antenna elements, they are often referred to as 'massive MIMO.' However, the physical size is similar to existing 3G and 4G base station antennas.

 

The Core Network 

 

This is the data network that manages all of the mobile voice, data and internet connections. The 'core network' for 5G is being redesigned to better integrate with the internet as well as cloud-based services. This includes distributed servers across the network, which will improve response times and reduce latency. Many of the advantages of 5G, including network slicing and network function virtualization for different applications and services, will be managed in the core. 

 

Who Decides Where 5G Towers Go?

 

As mentioned, 5G towers will use existing 3G/4G towers to their advantage. However, New towers will also be explored, meaning homeowners and farmers will be receiving requests to build new towers to help extend coverage. Many telecommunications companies are racing to be the first to expand small cell towers in major cities. When small cells throughout highly-populated urban areas are added, coverage gaps may be eliminated. Traffic lights, light poles, and public buildings would be ideal sites for small cells.

Many communities have worries concerning the health, privacy and security risks, and aesthetic concerns of a neighbourhood's appearance. Some city officials and residents are resisting proposed towers to protect the city landscape and any other negative consequences that could pop up associated with the growth of 5G.

Sources

https://www.radiationhealthrisks.com/what-are-5g-cell-towers-how-work/

http://www.emfexplained.info/?ID=25916

https://www.celltowerleaseexperts.com/cell-tower-lease-news/5g-cell-towers-are-they-safe-who-decides-where-they-go/#:~:text=5G%20cell%20towers%20are%20telecommunications,the%20current%20speed%20of%204G.&text=Because%20high%20frequency%20waves%20have,close%20as%20500%20feet%20apart. 

Cities should add IoT solutions now while things are quieter

The other day, I noticed that the city had shut down 2 out of 3 lanes (in each direction) of a major artery and were paving the roads. With the reduction in traffic caused by the virus, traffic flowed just about at the same speed as usual. It was great to see streets paved in times of low traffic.

What are some of the IoT-related initiatives that it may make sense for a government to do while things are a bit quieter (or even closed)?

 

Smart recreational facilities

Most community pools, gyms and arenas are closed at this time. Many sensor-based solutions could be installed to reduce operational costs, lower energy use and to improve security. Sensors could be placed in pools to streamline heating and chlorine use; automatic lighting systems could be installed to prevent expensive floodlights from working when no one is there. Automated sprinkler systems could be installed in fields and on golf courses to avoid overwatering from occurring, and, smart street lights could be connected to reduce crime and more efficiently light up neighbourhoods.

 

Smart parking and traffic solutions

This one makes a ton of sense as you could take away 90% of the meters in most areas, and no one would notice now. Upgrading to smart parking meters is an investment for the city, but they do have a high return on investment. They are often linked with smartphone apps that allow people to reserve spots in advance and “feed the meter” from anywhere. It also does not have to be a city-owned lot, as this investment makes sense for most private parking facilities.
Traffic solutions involve things like improving the monitoring of traffic through sensors and cameras. They can notify people of an accident and even recommend a better route—kind of like “Waze,” except for everyone.

 

Infrastructure monitoring

Whenever I hear it, one shocking stat that floors me is how tens of thousands of bridges in North America are in use decades after their intended “lifespan.” Unfortunately, we cannot just replace them all tomorrow, so we need to do a better job monitoring which ones may be in danger. The same is true for many other parts of the city, such as sewer and water pipes.

IoT uses various sensors (ranging from water to harmonics) to determine which are the most likely issues, which better directs your teams to fix the problems before they become major.

 

Transit

The last one may be the only one that can increase revenue for a government. The number of passengers on board trains and buses has plummeted to unheard-of low numbers. It will require more than just an uptick in the economy to get people back on the bus.

IoT solutions can first help by keeping people safe. They may include automatic passenger counters (to ensure that there is less overcrowding) as well as temperature monitors to alert to a possibly ill patient.
Beyond that, though, we may need to find ways to both entice people and to raise more revenue for failing transit agencies. On-board Wi-Fi service may be a way to get people on-board, as well as better alerts when the next bus arrives. From a revenue standpoint, smart GPS-based advertising on buses may help to offset some of the declines in ridership.
Like the road paving, now is the time to spend on upgrading your city. While I can understand that money is tight, a small investment now will pay off huge dividends down the road.

 

Is 5G Dangerous?

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Many articles do indeed stipulate that 5G wireless signals are safe for humans, however many are still afraid. Novotech has put together this article from numerous technology-based publications about health risks and dangers associated with 5G.

People are afraid of 5G because there is a possible link between wireless signals and certain types of cancer, but the scientific consensus is that there is no apparent connection

There is a significant amount of research on the potential effects of wireless technology and its health effects. Cellular signals, WiFi, 2G, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, television and radio broadcasts, and microwave ovens have been studied for their effect on nature, animals, and humans. The scientific consensus is that wireless technology causing cancer is "possible." But "possible" is not "probable," and it far from "confirmed." For a longer and more descriptive explanation, head over to WhistleOut's article here.

 

Coronavirus and 5G in Canada

 

Since coronavirus originated in China, many have drawn outlandish conclusions that 5G, Huawei and COVID-19 are all intertwined. 

Many started to believe that 5G caused the spread of the pandemic due to propaganda around the disease. There's no scientific consensus

that connects 5G and the COVID-19 epidemic. The reason websites and individuals are pushing this idea is to benefit financially.  Many comments online warn about the dangers of 5G, and then link to sites that sell holistic solutions with no scientific merit. 

 

Pay Attention To Your Sources 

 

We based this article off of WhistleOut's 5G in Canada article.WhistleOut is an independent company with a mission to provide the public with complete and accurate information about the overwhelming world of wireless communications. Mobile carriers advertise on their site but aim to provide consumers with unbiased and transparent information. We also used digital trends and the FDA to provide you with this information.

 

Verdict: Is 5G Safe or Dangerous?

 

5G in Canada uses the same frequencies previously used with 4G broadcasts. High-frequency and low-frequency 5G won't deploy until at least 2021, so cellular signals are just as safe today as they've ever been.

The scientific consensus on current wireless communications is that they operate within safe levels. In the U.S., the FDA has also approved 5G technology, or it would not be running. According to the FDA website, "To date, there is no consistent or credible scientific evidence that health problems are caused by the exposure to radio-frequency energy emitted by cell phones (see Review of Published Literature between 2008 and 2018 of Relevance to Radiofrequency Radiation and Cancer."

A very recent study performed by the National Toxicology Program denotes that high exposure to 2G and 3G RF radiation led to cancerous heart tumour development in male rats. NTP senior scientist John Butcher noted that the levels and duration of exposure to RF radiation were much more significant than people's experience with even the highest amount of cell phone use. So, the findings should not be directly applied to consumer cell phone usage. 5G likely differs drastically from 2G and 3G, so further studies are necessary, which are now going on at the FDA.

It's also important to understand that most frequencies for 5G have been used for many years on things like TV broadcasts and other data transmissions. Because of that, if 5G is unsafe, we've been using "unsafe" frequencies for decades. If you want to learn more about what Novotech has to say about 5G, you can find all of our 5G content here.

 

 

Sources

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/is-5g-dangerous/

https://www.whistleout.ca/CellPhones/Guides/5g-safe-or-dangerous-guide

https://www.fda.gov/radiation-emitting-products/cell-phones/scientific-evidence-cell-phone-safety#:~:text=No%20New%20implications%20for%205G,for%20the%20public%20to%20use.&text=The%20FDA%20will%20continue%20to,the%20potential%20impacts%20of%205G.