Experts predict 5G networking will be the next major development in mobile technology. It will provide seamless connectivity, ultrafast speeds and help us to keep pace with the proliferation of devices that require a mobile internet connection.
However, while wireless companies busily prepare for its arrival, a new study has raised concerns over the possible health risks from radiation emitted by cellphones and the transmitters that carry the signals.
Preliminary data released by the National Toxicology Program shows increases in tumors in male rats exposed to cellphone radiation. This is particularly worrying given the increasing amount of time people are spending on their mobile devices, due to the growing popularity of social networks and video streaming.
In today’s blog, we are going to examine the findings from the long-awaited study.
5G networking offers enormous potential for both consumers and industry. Not only will it increase download speeds by up to 10 gigabytes per second, but it is key for emerging technologies like virtual reality, 360 live streaming and connected cars.
Similar to 4G before it, we need 5G to keep up with the proliferation of mobile and IoT devices. Whether it’s your watch, your car or even your home appliances - they will all require an internet connection in the not-so-distant future. Multinational tech companies are already aware of this, as are governments. They are already working on bringing 5G connection to the masses.
However, this will dramatically increase the number of transmitters sending signals to mobile devices and there are growing fears that this could be detrimental to our health and wellbeing.
With the average time spent on mobile devices increasing in recent years, there has been a growing need to study the effects of radiation. Earlier this year, researchers from the National Toxicology Program shared the preliminary data from their long-awaited study. It revealed an increase in tumors in male rats that were exposed to cellphone radiation.
The rats were exposed to nine hours of radiation daily, in 10 minute intervals, for two years. The findings showed increased incidences of rare brain and heart tumors starting at the federally allowable level of cellphone radiation, with greater incidences at 2-4 times those levels.
Unfortunately, the full peer-reviewed findings won’t be released until 2017. But these preliminary results provide plenty to think about. Why, for instance, did only male rats show increased tumor rates, and not females?
With many analysts forecasting the technology to become mainstream by 2020, wireless-safety advocates are calling for more research before we make the inevitable leap into 5G.
As we wait for more research to be presented, the move towards 5G is edging closer. Last month, the United States became the first country to allocate a wide swath of airwaves to deliver super-fast 5G access. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to clear the way for mobile devices to send and receive signals over high-frequency spectrum.
A recent report published on Research and Markets estimates that 5G networks will generate nearly $250 Billion in annual service revenue by 2025. Network giants BT and Nokia have already signalled their intent by signing a research collaboration agreement on 5G technologies.
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