5G Technologies Opportunities and Challenges – Discussion Panel: Q&A


Dr. Lukasz Porwol – eGov deputy leader and Researcher at DSI, Insight, National University of Ireland, Galway, NewsBeez executive team member –  COMPACT project coordinator

5G telecommunication benchmark creates an unprecedented level of expectations and at the same time strong resistance in tech advancement. 5G technologies implementation faces challenges similar to issues seen in the time of the introduction of electricity when lack of understanding, no clarity and fear of the unknown hindered major developments in some parts of the world. Eventually, electrification of cities progressed and the world changed forever creating a base to all major developments leading to modern life as we know it. 5G creates an opportunity of significant magnitude to ensure a smooth transition from a society of information to a data-driven society of knowledge. The full realisation of smart industry and smart cities is contingent on effective, rapid wireless communication. Ensuring that relevant, safe, secure and efficient next-gen wireless infrastructure is in place as soon as possible is an important responsibility to governments, businesses and civil societies alike. 

Some of the questions on the table that our respective speakers will address are: What is 5G, where we can see it, and how it operates? What are differences between the 5G and current 4G networks and what are social, political and economic implications of the change? What radiation means when relating to 5G and what are actual numbers behind it in comparison to other technological advancements that we already use? Who are godfathers of 5G and how their battle looks at this stage (another Tesla vs. Edison struggle?) Who are winners and losers in 5G? What are the health implications of 5G transmission infrastructure and how are these health implications observed? What will happen with wildlife and nature with mass use of 5G transmitters? Who are guardians of public good in a case of 5G and are they up to a challenge? Who and when broke the internet and will the 5G fix the problem or will it make worse? What are implications of utopian and dystopian scenarios of 5G – will we evolve as smarter or more stupid with the 5G in place? 

The information is prepared by the team of the COMPACT project.

COMPACT is a Coordination and Support Action funded European Commission under framework Horizon 2020.

The objective of the COMPACT project is to increase awareness (including scientific, political, cultural, legal, economic and technical areas) of the latest technological discoveries among key stakeholders in the context of social media and convergence. The project will offer analyses and road maps of related initiatives. In addition, extensive research on policies and regulatory frameworks in media and content will be developed.

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