Smart homes are in our future, thanks to 5G – as long as the power stays on. Photo: iStock
NOVEMBER 19, 2019
Weak power grids may put 5G networks in peril
As this new technology becomes an essential element of daily life, a power blackout shutting it down could have dire consequences.
By LUKAS TRAKIMAVIČIUS
Over the past couple of years, fifth-generation (5G) telecommunication technology has arguably emerged as one of the hottest and most anticipated innovations in the global tech industry. It has gained notoriety both for its disruptive potential and for the fierce debates surrounding its suppliers.
However, discussions about the impact of 5G often overlook one key vulnerability of this technology – its dependency on a constant supply of power. Many do not realize that a major blackout – man-made or caused by a natural disaster – could not only disrupt 5G networks, but also bring down a large chunk of the economy with it.
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