Did you know that the “G” in 3G, 4G, and 5G just stands for “generation”? That’s right, it’s just the next generation upgrade of cellular networks. The original analog cell phones were the first generation. The first digital cell phones used 2G, and 3G made it possible to download and connect thousands of times faster. Perfect 4G can run into gigabit speeds.

There is no significant change in how 5G operates from any of the previous generations. It will not microwave your brain, or fry crops, or anything else that has been falsely reported.

What it will do is revolutionize how many things operate, including healthcare. And the technology is still developing. For example, when 4G started in 2010 it just meant faster phone speeds, but within a few years, apps like Uber and Snapchat were able to fully develop by taking advantage of that speed.

Some of the most exciting applications of 5G technology will be in healthcare. The speed and amount of information that can be transmitted will allow technicians to access results in seconds rather than in hours. It may not seem like much, but it can make a huge difference in treatment. Literally the difference between life and death.