Mobile networks by Tango
The mobile networks have evolved considerably since their creation in the 1970s. Since "1G", the possibilities have continuously evolved and new horizons have opened up for users.
Tango has always wanted to provide users with the best possible service. And so it was Tango that first launched 3G in Luxembourg in 2003, at last making it possible to connect one's mobile phone with the Internet. 4G and then 4G+, launched by Tango in 2012 and 2014 respectively, made it possible to considerably boost speeds for users, to enable them to access many services much faster.
5G logically continues down this track and will allow everyone to connect without delay, quickly and easily. Once again, Tango is a forerunner in this field, with numerous tests having already been carried out with the aim of rolling out 5G in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg during the course of 2020.
And in practice, is it fast?
Yes, 5G will be faster than everything before it. It will allow you to enjoy your content even more rapidly, in a more fluid way, with increased quality.
For example, here is what 5G will enable you to do compared to the previous networks:
Download speed of a 50 tracks playlist (around 250 MB) on a streaming platform:
What are the benefits and challenges of 5G?
Connecting everything, more quickly
As our connectivity needs and the amount of data exchanged continue to increase, the 4G network will soon no longer be efficient enough to support our daily exchanges and needs.
Every day, data consumption (for video, music, games, calls, etc.) continues to rise and an increasing number of devices (smartphones, tablets, sensors, video cameras, portable accessories, connected devices, connected cars, etc.) are connected simultaneously. 5G is the solution of the future, capable of supporting an even greater number of devices without any loss of quality and with greater reliability.
With 5G, the Internet of Things will be able to develop like never before.
Here are the benefits that 5G will bring to everyday life:
The development of smart cities, with connected hospitals, connected industries, agriculture of the future, connected homes, connected schools, etc.
Discover the details below:
Ecology, the environment, ease of navigation and interconnectivity will be the main challenges of the cities of the future, called "smart cities". Optimized city lighting, and automatically regulated watering of plants according to weather conditions are among the many innovations that will form part of our daily lives.
Augmented reality, virtual reality, much more seamless online gaming with new experiences, holograms, etc., all these technological innovations which are in their infancy now will be able to reach maturity thanks to 5G. Fluidity, low latency and ultra-high speeds will enable users to attend football matches from the comfort of their living room with virtual reality, rearrange a room in real time with augmented reality, attend conferences or concerts with the help of holograms, engage in gaming anywhere and on all media thanks to cloud gaming, and much more besides.
Even more sophisticated video formats will be available, with a democratization of 4K, followed by a gradual appearance of 8K or 360 degree video, allowing unparalleled immersion into the content.
Connected objects will be even more so, and will even be increasingly interconnected, providing incredible possibilities to users.
Transport will be managed completely differently in cities. The multiplicity of sensors will enable improved traffic management, leading to a reduction in accidents, also driven by the future democratization of autonomous vehicles. Traffic jams will also decrease thanks to flowing and better controlled traffic.
Industries will be able to develop remote control systems of robotized equipment, with safer and more environmentally friendly processes. Tasks will be made easier and more enjoyable.
Thanks to the fluidity of 5G and the low latency offered (1ms), it will become possible to perform surgical operations remotely. A surgeon in Luxembourg could, for example, operate a child in Brazil who cannot be moved. The best care will thus become accessible to a greater number of people.
You have other questions about 5G ? We have the answers
Technology & Equipment
The development of 5G technology has been ongoing for a number of years now. The first laboratory tests were performed in 2019.
The next step in the deployment of Tango's 5G is the allocation of new frequencies, after having obtained the authorizations for its deployment, in 2020.
We are making every effort to offer you the most efficient technology as quickly as possible.
For the moment, few mobiles are compatible with the 5G. However, an increasing number of manufacturers are offering new ranges that are compatible with 5G, in preparation for its deployment. At present, only the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite functions on our 5G network. But we are working continuously with vendors to expand our offering as quickly as possible. There are other 5G devices on the market such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 but currently these smartphones are not yet confirmed for our 5G network. The process is ongoing, and we will update this information as soon as possible.
No, 5G is not intended to replace the Wi-Fi networks. However, this technology could be an effective alternative where Wi-Fi is not available.
5G will not replace 4G immediately, just as 4G has not fully replaced 3G. The technologies will co-exist to offer ever-greater and more effective network coverage.
The term "5G" comes from the fact that we’re reaching the 5th generation of mobile networks.
Environment & Health
The issue is not new and is at the heart of many questions.
For almost 20 years, mobile technology has been developing and become part of our lives. To date, no tangible proof of any real impact on our health or the environment has been provided. The radiation levels of mobile and Wi-Fi networks are far below the strict thresholds set, which already incorporate wide safety margins.
Of course, 5G also meets these standards and even has a lower radiation intensity than 3G and 4G networks. While this technology certainly needs more (smaller) antennas to ensure good coverage, Tango will use so-called smart antennas to further limit radiation. Thus, the radiation will be limited to the direction in which the compatible equipment will be located.
From an energy point of view, it should also be noted that 5G consumes less energy than 2G, 3G or 4G because it needs less power to transmit the same amount of data.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has made it clear that there is no convincing evidence that the technology on which 5G is based presents health risks. The waves emitted by 5G are even weaker than those of today's 3G and 4G networks. We will, however, remain vigilant to limit emissions as much as possible. Thus, Tango will use so-called smart antennas for the deployment of 5G. These will send targeted waves directly to active users, further limiting the level of waves emitted.
Tango gives you guidance
As exposure to waves raises many questions today, we feel it is important to be able to provide you with the best possible guidance in all your uses. Also, you will find below more explanations about airwaves and good practices to adopt.
In order to transport voice, data or SMS signals between phones (and other devices) and mobile antennas, mobile networks use radio waves in specific frequency bands.
These radio waves create an electromagnetic field (EMF), the level of which is highly regulated and measured to ensure compliance with legal regulations.
This exposure to radio waves, such as those produced by mobile networks, but also by all electrical appliances, is governed by standards set by independent scientific bodies such as the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which determine these standards on the basis of thorough analyses of scientific evidence.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the limits and standards determined by this Commission (which include large safety margins) be applied in all countries.
2G, 3G, 4G and 5G equipment, whether mobile devices or base stations, must all meet these same safety requirements.
As a result, the power levels of the radio signals emitted by 5G radio equipment will be of a magnitude similar to or lower than those used in previous networks. The installation of the network will also be set up in such a way as to limit any impact as much as possible. Tango will, for example, use so-called smart antennas, which will send targeted waves directly to active users, further limiting the level of waves emitted.
Also, to take a bit of a step back from our neighbors, it is important to know that Luxembourg, like Belgium, imposes much stricter standards than those recommended internationally.
In March 2020, ICNIRP reconfirmed its recommendations first published in 1998 in terms of exposure limits including all frequency bands used by mobile networks. In other words, no additional negative impact has been demonstrated, even 20 years of scientific research later in this field.
It is often mistakenly believed that additional antennas cause additional radiation. In reality, if your phone has difficulty reaching the nearest network antenna (if your home is well insulated or far from the antenna, for example), your reception is poor. In such a case, your mobile phone or tablet has to operate at maximum power. Better antenna coverage optimizes the exchange of electromagnetic waves between the antenna and the devices.
The radiation level of a device, also called SAR (Specific Absorption Rate), is the unit of measurement for the amount of electromagnetic energy absorbed by the body when using a wireless device (mobile phone, tablet, cordless phone, etc.). The maximum allowed radiation value in Europe is 2 W/kg.
You can easily find this information on our website or in our magazine and thus choose your smartphone with full knowledge of the facts:
Example on our website
NB: the actual SAR value is usually lower than the maximum value indicated, as your mobile does not use more energy than is necessary to establish a connection with the network.
Tip: No link has been shown between mobile devices and possible health effects. If, however, as a precautionary measure, you wish to limit your exposure, or that of your children, to electromagnetic waves, choose a phone with a low SAR (below 0.8W/kg), use a headset to make calls and only make calls when there is sufficient coverage (e.g. near a mobile antenna/see the number of bars indicated on your device).
Although Tango takes all necessary precautions and ensures that it remains below the authorized level of electromagnetic wave emissions at all its sites, you can also take specific measures to further reduce your exposure.
Follow the tips below:
Keep a suitable distance
Exposure decreases very quickly with distance, even when it's only a few tens of centimeters. So when you make a call, you can use speaker mode or headphones instead of holding your device against your ear. When you're on the move, you can put your smartphone in a bag rather than in your pocket.
The logic is the same at home when it comes to your cordless phone, Internet modem or repeaters: finding the right place makes all the difference. In this case, the ideal place will be a central place in the house located more than one meter from the places where you spend much time: in your bed, at your desk, on your sofa, etc.
Good coverage means less waves
Contrary to what you might think, your device will emit less to connect to the network if it captures a strong Wi-Fi or 4G signal. Therefore, the more signal bars displayed on your device, the less strong your exposure to waves.
Smartphone: choose wisely and use it properly!
Favor devices with a good SAR value.
If you plan on traveling (e.g. by train or car), your smartphone will seek to connect to antennas along the way. This is not something to worry about, but if you download as much content (e.g. movies and music) as possible in advance, your phone will have less work to do. This solution is therefore more relaxed and also helps to preserve the battery during the journey!
Your smartphone also likes to rest: you can turn it off or put it in airplane mode when you don't need it. Do this especially at night if you leave it on your bedside table. Moreover, did you know that a restart always does your smartphone a whole lot of good?
Here are a few external links that may be useful if you need more information:
Independent scientific organization: ICNIRP: RF EMF guidelines ; ICNIRP: téléphones mobiles
World Health Organization: WHO: Electromagnetic fields
Specific article: 5G mobile networks and health : https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/5g-mobile-networks-and-health
Digital Luxembourg: https://digital-luxembourg.public.lu/news/luxembourg-5g-conference-2019 ; https://digital-luxembourg.public.lu/5G
Government website: https://gouvernement.lu/fr/dossiers.gouv_smc%2Bfr%2Bdossiers%2B5G%2B5G0.html