What is 5G?

The 5th generation of mobile communications is the evolution of 4G networks. It enables a user experience that is up to 100 times faster than 4G, with lower latency, which means shorter response times—up to half of what we experience in 4G. It also supports a higher density of devices per square kilometer.

What are the major differences compared to the 4G network?

It is the first time that a new generation of mobile network simultaneously and significantly evolves in these aspects:

• Speed: up to 100 times faster than 4G network.

• Latency: network response is instantaneous, approximately 5 milliseconds, compared to 25 to 35 milliseconds in 4G.

• Connectivity: the 5G network will support up to 1 million devices per square kilometer, which represents an increase of 100 to 1000 times compared to 4G.

• Reliability: More efficient spectrum utilization will allow better network coverage, optimizing performance with zero failures.

Does 5G have implications for health?

The European Union and manufacturers have established safety standards for the use of equipment, which are being complied with.

The radiofrequency emitted by 5G small cells is equivalent to that of Bluetooth devices, for example. The current recommendations of the ICNIRP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) are supported up to 10 GHz, which includes the implementation of 5G in the 700MHz and 3.5GHz bands.

What do I need to do to have 5G?

To have 5G, you need a compatible smartphone, a 5G plan, and be in an area with 5G coverage. If you are using 5G and move to an area with a 4G signal, your phone will automatically switch to 4G and revert back to 5G as soon as a 5G signal becomes available.