5G is a hot topic at the moment. Some people are pleased because it allows promising new applications in the mobile Internet – from video streaming to the “Internet of Things”. Others fear that new transmitter masts could cause dangerous levels of radiation in the human body – even if there is no conclusive evidence or study to support this view. In recent weeks, both the German network operators and the German government have announced plans to expand the network. We have summarised the most important information here.
What’s 5G anyway?
5G is short for Fifth Generation. The name says it all: it is the fifth generation of a series of standards for mobile Internet and mobile telephony. Simply put, it is the evolution of LTE (4G). Users and operators expect 5G to deliver high data transfer rates and low latency. While 5G networks are already available in the US, Korea and some other countries, deployment in Europe has been slow for a number of reasons. These reasons include, in addition to costly and lengthy approval procedures, resistance from the population or a lack of capacity on the part of construction companies. In Germany, 5G is only available in a few major cities so far.