A solar-powered mobile in fifteen years? Very expensive 5G makes it possible!

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5G stirs up tempers. According to one it is the egg of Columbus, the other is afraid that it will make him sick. Time to list all the sense and nonsense about 5G.

Major internet providers already advertise with it. However, there is also opposition. The mildest of opponents think we won’t need it, but the fiercest resistance comes from those who fear the introduction of 5G is planned with the Covid-19 outbreak. According to Californian professor Earl McCune, who himself works in Silicon Valley in California and as a professor specialized in sustainable, wireless, communication systems at Delft University of Technology, to have him assess the different views on 5G.

5G is said to be carcinogenic and disease-causing
“It is a technology that has nothing to do with the biology of our body. All equipment will always have some effect on our functioning at any level. But to make it very clear: 5G is not a living organism that can attack other organisms, such as human ones. It’s technology. In my view, that you can get cancer or other diseases from 5G is really nonsense. ”

5G is linked to the corona outbreak
“The development of 5G has been going on for some time, just as we have been working on the development from 1G to 4G. To streamline the implementation of 5G with the outbreak of an infectious disease is impracticable, even if in an unlikely case it would have been desirable. It may be the case that now, more than ever, we are dependent on fast connections and that the call for 5G may be more urgent because of this. Not complete nonsense. ”


5G is a completely new technology
“Another big misunderstanding. 98% to 99% of 5G’s technology is exactly the same as 4G’s. That is technology that we have been working with for a while and that we therefore trust. A characteristic feature is the use of the millimeter wavelength, which is what is different about 5G. That way your phone can communicate directly and specifically with another phone. With 4G, your phone actually communicates with everything and everyone around it, within a radius of 2 to 3 km2. That is a waste of all that energy. All our 4G phones are heating up the grass, I call that. That’s why it’s slower than 5G. ”

5G further endangers our privacy
“Can’t anyone be so naive? I thought this was well known by now. Our emails are really just publications. Officially it is said that they are not public, but “ discoverable ”. Right. Everything you send is of course stored somewhere and retrievable. Then you might have to get a pre-paid phone. And then pay them in cash. That might be the only way to communicate digitally in a somewhat untraceable way. We lost our freedom 10 to 15 years ago. And everyone who uses apps like WhatsApp, Google and Facebook hopefully knows that. Get over it, I would say. That really has nothing to do with 4G or 5G. In fact, the added component to 5G, the millimeter wavelength, has proven to be safe to use in sensitive segments of politics and for military purposes, precisely because of that targeted communication between mobile phones instead of a wide radius. ”

5G is more efficient than 4G
“That depends on what you mean by efficient. It’s faster and more focused. You need much, much less energy with 5G. In that sense it is very efficient. There is only one disadvantage and that is immediately a big disadvantage. It comes with a hefty price tag. The costs of connecting our entire mobile network to it are enormous. Providers will try that, but without passing on those costs to someone, no business model is possible. It cannot be profitable. Who will pay the costs? Will the subscriptions become more expensive? I do want 5G, but I don’t feel like paying a lot of money for it. And the vast majority of people don’t. That is why we need a new technology that does offer the advantages of targeted, fast and energy-efficient communication, without the economic disadvantages. That’s possible, we have the physical principles in house and with those principles we can develop and build the technology. That’s what we’re working on at TU Delft, but that’s what I do here in Silicon Valley in my own company. I expect that we will be able to come up with an efficient 5G variant within a few years. ”


5G is not a real keeper
“I don’t see how any G’s ever going to be, as the G’s haven’t been until now. So indeed, people will want to improve 5G, if only because it is indeed not cost-efficient. People will not want to sell those improvements as 5G. That has to be another denominator, of course, one that cannot be associated with what we then see as the disadvantages of 5G. That will automatically become 6G and yes, I see that being developed within 10 years. In fact, in 15 years’ time we will be walking with a mobile that works on solar energy. This technology is of course also available now, but because 4G is so little targeted and therefore requires a lot of energy, you would walk around on your mobile with an appendix of one meter of solar panels. Not really practical.

No more hassle with chargers, putting your phone in the windowsill now and then and then being able to stay online everywhere nice and cheap, super fast and safe. We look forward to it, but for now we are careful with our chargers as we carefully take the first steps with 5G.

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