5G and COVID-19: The technology and Conspiracy

5G and COVID-19: The technology and Conspiracy

The 5G Technology

5G is the fifth generation of wireless communications technologies supporting cellular data networks. Large scale adoption began in 2019 and today virtually every telecommunication service provider in the developed world is upgrading its infrastructure to offer 5G functionality. 5G communication requires the use of communications devices (mostly mobile phones) designed to support the technology.

The frequency spectrum of 5G is divided into millimeter waves, mid-band, and low-band. Low-band uses a similar frequency range as the predecessor, 4G. 5G millimeter wave is the fastest, with actual speeds often being 1–2 Gbit/s down. Frequencies are above 24 GHz reaching up to 72 GHz which is above the extremely high frequency band’s lower boundary. The reach is short, so more cells are required. Millimeter waves have difficulty traversing many walls and windows, so indoor coverage is limited.

5G mid-band is the most widely deployed, in over 30 networks. Speeds in a 100 MHz wide band are usually 100–400 Mbit/s down. In the lab and occasionally in the field, speeds can go over a gigabit per second. Frequencies deployed are from 2.4 GHz to 4.2 GHz. Sprint and China Mobile are using 2.5 GHz, while others are mostly between 3.3 and 4.2 GHz. Many areas can be covered simply by upgrading existing towers, which lowers the cost. Mid-band networks have better reach, bringing the cost close to the cost of 4G.

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The industry project 3GPP defines any system using “5G NR” (5G New Radio) software as, “5G”, a definition that came into general use by late 2018. Previously, some reserved the term 5G for systems that deliver download speeds of 20 GHz shared called for by ITU IMT-2020. 3GPP will submit their 5G NR to the ITU. In addition to traditional mobile operator services, 5G NR also addresses specific requirements for private mobile networks ranging from industrial IoT to critical communications.

5G and COVID-19: The Conspiracy Theory

There have so many baseless conspiracy theories stating that their is a relationship between 5G network and Coronavirus, stating that Coronavirus is being transmitted by electromagnetic wave of the 5G network.

According to scientific theories there is no confirmed way by which a virus can be transmitted through electromagnetic waves, because waves is not an object that can be held or seen with an ordinary eyes, so you believing the  theories of some people who are not scientist is absurd. 

One of conspiracy theory that has been trending in Nigeria was given by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome He said ” On the controversy surrounding the 5G network amid the Coronavirus pandemic, which has crippled activities in many countries around the world.

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The Founder of Believers Love World a.k.a Christ Embassy who was preaching to his congregation on a live TV program, stated that the pandemic was created in order to popularize the 5G network which is gradually gaining attention across the world.

Pastor Chris affirmed that with the attention given to the fifth generation of wireless communications technologies due to the pandemic, everyone will embrace it as a solution to their problems out of fear.
He added that these are part of the Antichrist’s plan for a new world order which includes; one world government, one world religion and one world economy. Pastor Chris backed his claim with Revelation Chapter 13.”

All the conspiracy are false and based on unverified experiment and it should be disregarded.

Also the the government of Nigeria through the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy has also stated that “No 5G network have not been approved by the government of Nigeria.” 

NOTE: No Network company in Nigeria is transmitting a 5G Network.  

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