5G: The Trouble With the New Phone Network

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Correction to what I say at 15 mins 57 seconds: It’s should be 3 orders of magnitude, not 30.

You’d think that technology and science make a good team, and most often that’s true, but every once in a while they get into a big fight. One such case is the 5th generation of wireless networks, 5G for short, that’s become a big headache for meteorologist because millimeter waves interfere with the weather forecast. On that occasion I also tell you about a recent review on the health effects of 5G and what 6G may bring.

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The estimate for the number of mobile devices is from here: https://www.statista.com/statistics/245501/multiple-mobile-device-ownership-worldwide/

The Cisco estimate for the 5G use is here:
https://newsroom.cisco.com/c/r/newsroom/en/us/a/y2020/m02/new-cisco-annual-internet-report-forecasts-5g-to-support-more-than-10-of-global-mobile-connections-by-2023.html

The recent review on the health effects of 5G is here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41370-021-00297-6

The call from the WHO for 5G studies is here:
https://www.who.int/news-room/articles-detail/call-for-experts-who-task-group-on-radiofrequency-fields-and-health-risks

The figure for the forecast skill is from this article: https://www.nature.com/articles/nature14956

The Jacobs quote from the federal hearing is from here: https://science.house.gov/hearings/the-future-of-forecasting-building-a-stronger-us-weather-enterprise

The two CTIA blogposts are here:
https://www.ctia.org/news/how-a-fake-weather-sensor-could-take-out-5g
https://www.ctia.org/news/the-24-ghz-auction-is-over-its-time-to-move-forward

The 2020 study from Rutgers about how 5G affects weather forecast is here: https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.13498

The 6G article on LifeWire which I quote is here: https://www.lifewire.com/6g-wireless-4685524

Many thanks to Jordi Busqué for helping with this video http://jordibusque.com/

00:00 Intro
00:48 Sponsor message
02:13 What’s new about 5G?
03:56 Why is 5G controversial?
06:30 How 5G affects the weather forecast
10:00 Meteorologists are not happy
11:15 The other side of the story
14:08 6G
15:22 What’s the lesson?

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