What Landlords Need to Know About 5G
The future of telecommunications is at the world's doorstep and soon to be a telecom representative at yours. With many speculations arising on the pros and cons of this technology, we felt that it is imperative to inform our members about what to consider when thinking about housing this new telecom technology in your buildings.
What is 5G?
5G stands for “fifth generation cellular wireless” and is the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before. Combining cutting-edge network technology and the very latest research, 5G should offer connections that are multitudes faster than current connections, with average download speeds of around 1GBps expected to soon be the norm.
Typically when a new mobile wireless technology comes along (like 5G), it’s assigned to a higher radio frequency. For instance, 4G occupied the frequency bands up to 20 MHz (megahertz). In the case of 5G, it will likely sit on the frequency band of 6 to 10GHz (gigahertz). The reason new wireless technologies occupy higher frequencies is because they typically aren’t in use and move information at a much faster speed. The problem is that higher frequency signals don’t travel as far as lower frequencies, so multiple input and output antennas (MIMOs) will be used to boost signals anywhere 5G is offered. This means there will be more of these towers spread throughout city buildings. For this to happen, telecom representatives must approach building owners, typically with an incentivized offer, in order to get contractual permission to install their new technology.
We are entering into a generation of instantaneous information. Being able to find information in seconds has transformed the way we look at the world and 5G will ultimately enhance this civil experience. As it may seem to be great for the IoT world (Internet of Things), is it great for human health? Some say otherwise.
About a year ago, a group of scientists and doctors from all around the world joined together to oppose this rapid adoption of technology that the telecom companies are thrusting into the consumer world(read more on this here). These concerns raise some things you, as a building owner, may want to consider when approached by a telecom representative.
Although there hasn’t been official accredited research on this topic, there has been an overwhelming amount of independent research on the use of millimeter/microwave technology that has brought many questions to the surface. This technology was first introduced to militaries as a way of using high electromagnetic radio frequencies (millimeter waves) as a non-lethal weapon to irritate targets. Used in short bursts, the “enemy/target” would feel an extreme discomfort and disorientation losing complete focus (kind of like something out of a sci-fi movie) and now we see this being translated into telecom communications technology. With constant exposure to this, these doctors and scientists have alluded to some concerns such as:
- Damage to the eyes
- Immune system disruption
- Skin damage
- Disarrayed ecosystem
- Decline of insect populations
- Damage to plants and trees
- Potential rise in bacterial resistance
Those are just a few issues highlighted by the scientific and medical communities with many more arising as we become comfortably familiar with 5G and radio frequency bandwidth. With these concerns in mind, building owners must decide whether housing these 5G posts would ultimately be something beneficial to them or hazardous to the community.
In light of the constant development, we urge you to expand your knowledge on this topic and become more familiar with the repercussions this technology may or may not have. When being approached by the incentivized telecom representative, be sure to know what it is, how it works, and create an ultimately informed decision based on your mind, and not your wallet. This technology could potentially affect your future, your family, your tenants, and our community as a whole.
As we recommend you do your own due diligence in researching this topic, here are a few sources that may be a start and help you to better understand this subject.