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One of the next big things in technology is finally starting to be implemented around the world, but as the mobile tech scene gears up for 5G, it’s unavoidable for some conspiracy theories to surface — from the simplest to the more peculiar ones. What’s the real deal about 5G? Globe will debunk  five myths that surround the latest wireless technology.

Technology Information List of 5G Myths

 

Myth 1: 5G is related to the spread of coronavirus disease 2019.

The global health pandemic, that is the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and 5G are in no way related to each other. The theories that supported this were COVID-19 and 5G became a hot topic for the world almost at the same time and that both are related to China.  However, these aren’t enough to prove such claims that 5G can be a method to spread the disease.

First, technology for 5G was initially introduced to the world in October 2018, while the highly-contagious disease stemmed from Wuhan, China in December 2019. China wasn’t the first country to implement 5G, South Korea and the US both did it earlier.

For more obvious reasons, the coronavirus disease can’t spread through 5G as it is transmitted through saliva droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Myth 2: 5G can cause cancer.

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False beliefs about wireless technologies posing risks to people for developing cancer existed for quite some time.  Time and again, authorities like the World Health Organization have been refuting this.

According to WHO, there hasn’t been any significant finding linking wireless technologies like 5G to possible causes of cancer. A health concern which can be related to these technologies is tissue heating, which naturally occurs since it is “the main mechanism of interaction between radiofrequency fields and the human body,” which is similar to how bodies respond when doing exercises.

Both the WHO and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection explained that there will be no detrimental health concerns from 5G as long as overall radio frequency exposure doesn’t exceed 300GHz.

Myth 3: Anyone can have access to 5G.

In an ideal world, yes. But in developing countries like the Philippines, this is something that might take a little longer. Globe is ramping up its expansion efforts by adding more telecommunication infrastructures across the country to bring connectivity.  Globe is also set to unveil the 5G mobile experience in Makati and Bonifacio Global City in Taguig by the 3rd quarter of this year.

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Another concern on 5G access is that not all smartphones support 5G. Globe stores, however, have 5G capable phones such as Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G, Huawei P40 series, Huawei Nova 7SE, and Samsung S20 Ultra. The company is also looking to add more 5G capable mobile devices in the coming months.

Myth 4: 5G will replace 4G.

Unlike what happened during the transition from 3G to 4G when the latter was made to replace the  former, 5G does not intend for 4G to be obsolete. What will happen is somehow a technology co-existence since 5G will build from 4G LTE. In a June 1, 2020 report by CNET, it stated that those using 4G LTE might experience faster speeds when 5G becomes available. The same article also cited a GSMA Intelligence report which noted that 15% of mobile connections around the world will utilize 5G by 2025, while 4G LTE usage will be about 59%.

Myth 5: 5G can be used for mind control.

This is one of the weirdest and far-fetched theories about 5G. As mentioned, there hasn’t been any concrete study to prove that 5G has effects on the human body. However, once 5G is fully implemented, technologies that rely on connectivity for data processing like Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and robotics will surely get the needed boost to develop functions useful to the real world.

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Globe Logs over 11M Prepaid SIM Registrants, urges Customers to Register before April 26 Deadline

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Globe, the leader in Mobile, has registered more than 11 million active prepaid SIMs around a month after the law mandating all Filipinos to register their SIMs took full effect.

Globe hit the milestone 11-million mark on Monday, January 30, 2023, a month after the SIM Registration Act was rolled out as a measure to stop cybercrime, including scam messages that proliferated due to the anonymity provided by prepaid SIMs.

“We are grateful to our customers for promptly registering their SIMs. We understand the importance of addressing the proliferation of scam and spam messages and have made it our priority to provide our customers with a seamless registration process. We are committed to meeting the deadline and continuing our efforts to protect our customers from scammers and fraudsters,” said Darius Delgado, Head of Globe’s Consumer Mobile Business.

Globe urges its customers who have yet to register to visit its user-friendly registration portal https://new.globe.com.ph/simreg. There are an estimated 87.4 million existing SIM users under the Globe network.

Registration via the GlobeOne app will begin in February as an added channel where customers may register their SIMs. As a user of GlobeOne, customers will have access to exclusive offers and deals that are available only in the app.

Globe also provided support for government-led assisted registration in priority sites nationwide from January 25 to 27. Globe established booths in 15 areas and provided assistance to anyone who needed help, especially those in need of special assistance, including senior citizens, PWDs awww and those using basic/feature phones.

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Other than supporting the NTC-led assisted SIM registration, Globe has also started rolling out its own on-site assistance booths across the country. From January 27 to 29, it led SIM registration assistance in 30 Puregold branches in strategic locations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It will extend SIM registration assistance in other locations soon.

These efforts aim to provide inclusive ways to get its customers registered by the April 26, 2023 deadline. Users who fail to complete their registration on time will have their SIMs deactivated.

Even before the new law was implemented, Globe has taken several steps to curb disruptive messages through proactive blocking, threat intelligence partnerships with financial institutions, a customer reporting portal, plus an awareness and education campaign to help customers with online protection.

To learn more about Globe and the SIM registration process, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/register-sim-card.html.

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Globe Deactivates, Blacklists More than 50,000 SIMs Linked to Fraud in 2022

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Leading digital solutions platform Globe deactivated and blacklisted more than 50,000 SIMs last year as it continued to intensify consumer protection initiatives amid the rising cases of online fraud.

Globe deactivated 20,225 SIMs and blacklisted 35,333 SIMs involved in scam and spam messages in 2022 alone as part of its campaign for internet safety.

This was on top of the record 2.72 billion scam and spam messages it blocked last year, 83.4 million of which were bank-related. All these efforts have been on-going to protect customers from harmful content and fraud before the enactment of the SIM Registration Act.

“Globe recognizes the growing threat posed by scammers, who use various tactics, including text messages, to deceive innocent victims into giving up personal information that could be used to compromise their financial accounts. We will continue to invest in our cybersecurity program to protect our customers from these unscrupulous individuals,” said Anton Bonifacio, Globe Chief Information Security Officer.

Under its filtering protocol, Globe deactivates SIMs within its network once detected to have been involved in fraud. Meanwhile, SIMs outside of the Globe network are blacklisted to prevent them from sending to Globe.

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On its own, Globe has taken a proactive approach to combat cybercrime schemes through various initiatives. It has implemented blocking mechanisms, established partnerships with financial institutions for threat intelligence, created a customer reporting portal, and launched an awareness and education campaign to empower customers with the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves.

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Meanwhile, in a move to address growing concern over the use of unregistered SIMs in committing cybercrimes, the government introduced Republic Act No. 11934, also known as the SIM (subscriber identity module) Registration Act. Signed into law in October, the measure requires all mobile and broadband users to register their SIMs with their respective service providers to ensure that they are properly identified.

As of January 25, Globe has logged 10.4 million registrations of prepaid SIMs.

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Globe’s 5G network expands to 237 sites in VisMin, Connects more Consumers and Businesses #Globe5G #VisMin

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Leading digital solutions platform Globe expanded its 5G coverage to 212 sites in Visayas and 25 in Mindanao by the end of the third quarter in 2022, providing more consumers and businesses with improved connectivity and access to faster data speeds.

The company’s 5G network is now expanding and available to most of the population in Davao City, Cebu, Iloilo City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Boracay and Bacolod City.

The expansion of 5G technology in Visayas and Mindanao is intended to help bridge the digital divide between these regions and the rest of the country. It aims to support economic development and enable residents to access a wider range of digital services and opportunities.

The deployment is also beneficial to the growth of new industries and businesses in the said areas. It can inspire innovation and competitiveness as companies seek to provide the best possible services to their customers.

Globe's 5G network expands to 237 sites in VisMin, Connects more Consumers and Businesses #Globe5G #VisMin

“We believe that the expansion of 5G technology in Visayas and Mindanao is essential for driving economic growth, supporting innovation, and providing access to fast and reliable digital services for residents and businesses in these regions. It will also help spur further investment and support the emergence of a vibrant and dynamic digital economy,” said Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Network Planning & Engineering.

As a pioneering provider of 5G technology in the Philippines, Globe is committed to delivering improved customer service and reliable, consistent data services to its customers.

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By scaling up the rollout of its 5G network, Globe is taking a major step towards building a more connected and technologically advanced society in the Philippines. It is helping drive the adoption of 5G technology and paving the way for the next generation of digital innovation.

5G technology is capable of delivering internet speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G. It also has less lag, making it suitable for video streaming and gaming.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

 

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