The 5th Generation of Mobile Phone Technology ratified by the 3GPP conglomerate has meant that there is a rapid race to deliver the services to the consumers and businesses that are eagerly awaiting the super-fast low latency mobile data offerings that are touted to be 10x time faster than current 4G LTE speeds. However, there are global concerns raised from the public on the safety of 5G and in particular millimetre waves (mmWaves) that will be used in the future.
The nature of 5G requires multiple frequencies as seen above and utilises multiple technology innovations such as Massive MIMO, full-duplex, beam-forming and mmWaves. This all means that they need to deploy smaller antennas more frequently. These can be called small cells, pico cells or micro cell antennas. Go to the ‘Gallery’ to see more real-world Australian examples.
So what can you do? A lot!
Firstly, hire a building biologist to come and assess your area and your home. They will be able to measure frequencies unto 6GHz, but in some cases, can hire specialised equipment to measure much higher than this. It is important to obtain a baseline radio frequency (RF) exposure measurement before any new 5G antennas gets deployed.
Second, best to sign-up to any petitions and go to protest events that are organised by the many facebook groups in Australia.
What is 5G
All too often, there is a lot of mis-information being circulated around social media. This page will hopefully provide some clear and concise information on some of the 5G technologies that comes from accurate sources that are not mis-leading but also not too technically complex.
As a Building Biologist at Balanced Building Biology, with 20+ years of experience in the IT world, the knowledge and experience has been applied in this field (building biology) to analyse and assess 5G. With a passion to hunt down pico, micro and small cell antennas as well as the more dominant panel and beam-forming antennas, we can assess your neighbourhood.
A very good summary from the IEEE, which makes it very understandable.
Just as a nozzle on the spray bottle has 2 options of ‘mist’ and ‘stream’ types of spraying methods, beam-forming brings a direct ‘stream’ of radio frequencies directly to your head where you would put your mobile phone against your ear. This can be potentially hazardous.
Think of it as a bi-directional freeway (aka full duplex) that is actually a multi-lane freeway (MIMO).