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5G is coming to Castle Point

What is 5G?

5G is short for ‘fifth-generation mobile networks.’ It is a truly transformational technology that will provide the underlying wireless infrastructure to support a host of new applications such as connected cars, virtual & augmented reality, and the foundations for emerging smart city & Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. 5G will deliver faster download speeds, lower latency (very little lag or buffering) and greater capacity.

When is 5G arriving in Castle Point?

5G has already begun to arrive in Castle Point and is currently being rolled out. The government is committed to supporting investment in high-quality, reliable digital connectivity so that communities can benefit from faster economic growth and greater social inclusion. It is essential to keep pace with growing demand for internet bandwidth and mobile data from local businesses, residents and those who visit our communities.

Why is 5G necessary?

In 2016 the gross value added from the digital sector was £116.5 billion - some 6.7% of the UK economy. 5G will contribute to this important sector by bringing ultrafast speeds, greater capacity, and ultra-low latency (very little lag or buffering) – characteristics that will enable applications that aren’t possible today on mobile devices, such as multiplayer gaming, factory automation, and other tasks demanding quick responses. 5G will also better cope with not only the rapidly increasing data demands of customers today but the growth of high-demand applications being planned in the future.

Where will 5G be installed?

Early 5G deployments will be in locations where it is needed to supplement the capacity of current networks. Wherever possible, an operator will place these antennas at an existing site, potentially replacing one of the existing antennas on the site.

However, extending existing connections into areas where a physical, fibre or copper connection isn’t feasible is a major challenge for mobile network operators. Using microwave technology, which can create a point-to-point connection, can overcome this but will need additional sites be built.

How will 5G be installed?

As part of the roll out of 5G telecommunication, installers consult the local planning authority and other stakeholders prior to making an application, if required at all. Potential sites are assessed under a traffic light rating system after other registers of existing mast sites have been examined. Many installations are ‘permitted development’ only subject to a prior approval process for their siting and appearance.

Is 5G safe?

Yes - the consensus of reviews by independent public health authorities, including Public Health England, expert groups, and the World Health Organization (WHO), is that current UK guidelines covering all frequencies used for telephony (including 5G) provide protection for all people (including children) against all established health hazards.