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The untold impact of 5G on Nigerians

There have been speculations about 5G technology, which enables technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), virtual reality and big data, with the global Covid-19 pandemic.


It has only been tested, but not yet launched in Nigeria. However, this article answers some of the questions on the minds of Nigerians concerning 5G:

What is 5G?

5G is the fifth generation mobile network, it has been built in anticipation of future innovations which would bring interconnectivity between human beings and billions of objects. It is an enabler of different other technologies and has been designed to handle the exponential growth of data.

What is the difference between 4G and 5G?

The introduction of the 4G LTE broadband did herald the speed era, but with the interconnectivity reign looming, it would not be able to handle that many connections, if we are being honest. The benefits of 5G are much more significant in that regard with colossal bandwidth – it is expected to be 100 times faster! It would change the way we live and work; a revolutionary feat. Watching and streaming high-res media becomes a seamless experience with no latency and buffering time.

Backed by lightening internet speed, 5G would fast-track reliability of driverless cars, remote surgeries and augmented reality.

How does 5G work?

5G would utilize the existing fibre backbone by integrating into the existing Internet frameworks – 4G telecom masts, so when there is limited 5G coverage, there is continuity in the network with 4G.

Is 5G available in Nigeria?

5G has been deployed in 20+ countries, but hasn’t been launched in Nigeria yet, though there was a live demo in Abuja and Lagos last year where 5G demonstrated 10- times less the latency time in 4G. Concerns have been expressed by Nigerians though, about the cost of internet data usage, considering the bandwidth size of the ultrafast 5G connection with the prevailing level of consumption due to the growth of video content on smartphones. It is not certain but MTN may facilitate the maiden development of 5G in Nigeria.

Does 5G emit radiation?

There is no research that shows that 5G signals can actually penetrate the human body to alter DNA and cause cancer, unlike exposure to microwave and other electromagnetic radiation. Though 5G possesses higher frequencies than 3G and 4G

Unlike electromagnetic radiation which can cause cancer, 5G produces a form of radiation that is not thought to penetrate and damage human cells, although 5G frequencies are a bit higher than that of 4G and 3G.

What’s the relationship between 5G and Coronavirus?

The WHO has debunked claims of any correlation between the rollout of 5G technology and the global coronavirus pandemic, by observing that the virus cannot be transmitted alongside radio waves and mobile networks.


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