5G: The New Speed Standard On The Internet
The advances in technology that the internet brings us every day have been monumental. In less than 20 years, we have evolved our cellular interconnectivity from the first generation (1G) where our mobiles only had the ability to make calls, through the second (2G) with SMS, the third (3G) which saw the first incorporation of the internet, up to the current one (4G LTE) that allows the reproduction of videos in real time (streaming), an advance that today is taken for granted but that less than two decades ago was out of the question.
The next generation will materialize and neither the technological wars between China and the US, nor the conspiracy theories that are attributed to it will stop it. However, are there any real risks that come with implementing this much-hyped and highly-anticipated innovation? Exactly what will the internet change and how will it affect our daily lives?
Advantages And Risks
Without going into the details, the purpose of the fifth generation of mobile networks is a considerable speed increase in the service. It is projected that it will be able to increase to 10GB/s (10 gigabytes per second), that is, 10 times faster than the main fiber optic offers present in the current market.
This is combined with a reduction in its latency (response time) that decreases it to 5 milliseconds, a waiting interval so small that it becomes imperceptible to humans, allowing for example to consider a realistic vision of truly autonomous cars or trucks.
The number of devices that could be connected to the network will also increase, allowing everything from household appliances, street furniture and even machines implemented in specialized sectors, such as agriculture or medicine, to interact with each other in real time.
Are there risks that come hand in hand with so much improvement? A quick Google search might lead us to believe so, as dozens of sites cite the World Health Organization, which has classified the new technology as a “level 2B carcinogen” and, while this may sound scary at first, a little more than Research will reveal that this category is also attributed to substances such as coffee. So if you started your day today with a hot cup of your favorite coffee, there’s not much to fear.
Other claims about new technology issued by pseudoscientific organizations or uninformed public figures are even more misleading, becoming potentially dangerous, as they lead some people to believe unsubstantiated theories that can put their health at risk, a recent example being conspiracies. regarding COVID-19.
What is certain is that an increase in the speed and availability of global mobile networks will be accompanied by the need for information security solutions that can keep up with the new generation and protect all users who will use their new capabilities.
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