5G Guys Podcast

5G Guys

5G is here, and you probably have questions. Same goes for fiber, broadband, AI, etc.
We’re here to help. The 5G Guys Podcast is a friendly resource for industry insiders and newcomers to explore anything and everything about wireless telecommunications and technology. Dan McVaugh and Wayne Smith discuss, explain, and explore all things wireless technology on the show. You’ll find out what it means for your business or personal life when we talk about topics like 5G, 4G LTE networks, Internet of Things (IoT), Health & Safety, Business & Finance – as well as other wireless topics that are important in today’s world.
Listen now! Subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! And if you want more information on any of our episodes or topics discussed on the show – check out our website at www.5gguys.com where we have links to articles from various sources with additional information related to each topic we cover on the podcast! If there’s something specific you want us to cover contact us at www.5gguys.com/contact-2 with your request! We’re always happy to hear from listeners who have questions or comments they’d like addressed on future shows too!

ALL Episodes

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59. Saving Telco from Itself with Peter Bernard
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This episode of the 5G Guys podcast tackles the existential challenges facing the telecommunications industry, emphasizing how sometimes, telcos are their own biggest adversaries due to their inherently conservative nature. Hosts Dan McVaugh and Wayne Smith welcome repeat guest Pete Bernard to discuss his new venture, Edgecelsior, and explore how the telco industry can evolve amidst the rapid technological changes spurred by new technologies like AI, 5G, and edge computing. Bernard shares insights from his career, the strategic pivot towards Edge and IoT technologies at Microsoft, and his decision to start Edgecelsior, focusing on industry analytics, content publishing, and strategic work for other companies.
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58. Building Cell Sites Can Be a Win-Win with Hugh Odom of Vertical Consultants
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In this episode of 'The 5G Guys' podcast, hosts Dan McVaugh and Wayne Smith discuss the rapidly changing landscape of telecommunications infrastructure and 5G technology with guest Hugh Odom, the founder of Vertical Consultants. The discussion plunges into the transformation of carrier models for property owners, the influence of municipalities and private networks, and the necessity of regulation. Important subjects touched upon include the carriers versus tower companies' different business models, the introduction of small cells in the public right of way, and the realization of telecommunication services as the fourth utility. In the backdrop, Hugh Odom offers educated insights on the future of how business gets done between cellular carriers and tower companies and the building and landowners they do business with to procure leases for building their infrastructure.  Hugh shares his perspective on the need to shift the cell site leasing model to be more considerate of the needs and rights of the property owners who are leasing to the cellular carriers. 
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57 - First Responder Communications in Schools: Are You and Your Community Covered?
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In this episode, Dan and Wayne interview Cody Martin from Castle Rock Microwave and Jeff Vaughn from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. They discuss the importance of effective public safety communications infrastructure, with a case study in Douglas County, Colorado, where they strengthened signal strength in 90% of schools, enhancing communication efficiency for first responders and the school’s security response teams.
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56. Exploring Private Wireless Networks with Jeff Hipchen
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In this episode of the 5G Guys podcast, hosts Dan McVaugh and Wayne Smith explore private wireless networks with guest Jeff Hipchen, a Principal of RF Connect. They discuss how private wireless networks are utilized differently, giving examples in...
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55. Exploring CES Highlights, AI, and 5G with Jim Patterson
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In this episode of 5G Guys, hosts Wayne Smith and Dan McVaugh are joined by guest Jim Patterson, a veteran in the telecom industry with 30 years of experience. Patterson shares insights from the Las Vegas annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Major...
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54. What Do Tomatoes, Forklifts, and Cows Have In Common?
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5G and Advanced Positioning Technologies: Revolutionizing Location-based Services   The podcast episode features Samuel Van de Velde, founder and CTO of Pozyx, discussing the impact of 5G and other advanced technologies on location-based...
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53. Fixed Wireless Access with Samsung's TJ Maan
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In this 5G Guys podcast episode, Wayne and Dan welcome TJ Maan from Samsung to discuss Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). TJ explains what FWA is and its benefits over traditional wireline broadband delivery technologies, noting its speed, reliability, and...
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52. Season 4 Premier - Does 5G stink, cellular for the holidays, what's with Xfinity's 10G?!
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In this season 4 premier of the 5G Guys Podcast, hosts Dan McVaugh and Wayne Smith review the state of 5G technology and industry updates leading up to the year 2024. They explore 5G's progression in the US, discussing the coverage expansion by...
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51. Season 3 Wrap Up
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That’s a wrap!  Wayne and Dan wrap up season 3 of the podcast by doing a fantasy football-style draft of their favorite season 3 episodes.  This countdown of favorite episodes is a great way to get a summary of some of the best episodes...
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50. 2023 Mid-year Update
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Now that we’re right in the middle of 2023, it’s a great time to look at how our pre-2023 predictions are holding up as well as what big events and announcements occurred in the US wireless and broadband industries. In this episode, Wayne and Dan...
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49. The Cable vs Cellular Service Soap Opera
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What can best be described as an “incestuous, co-dependent, and competitive” relationship, major US cellular and cable service providers have found themselves in an interesting competitive yet partnering dance. On one hand, cable companies offer...
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48. Shaping the Future of Communication: A Deep Dive with Telzio’s Peter Schroeder
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Welcome back to the 5G Guys podcast! We were joined by an exceptional guest, Peter Schroeder. As a young entrepreneur and Danish DJ turned CEO of the telecommunications platform Telzio, Peter has a unique journey. Peter's success isn't just about his...
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47. From Fiber Optics to 5G: Verizon’s Evolution: with Executive Phillip French
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Hey there, 5G enthusiasts! Whether you’re a seasoned expert in the field or just curious about the next generation of connectivity, we've got a treat for you. In this episode, we're thrilled to welcome Phillip French from Verizon! If you've ever...
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46. 5G To 6G?: Ignacio Contreras with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.
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Ever wondered about the powerhouse behind wireless technology and how 5G chipsets are being developed? In this episode of the 5G Guys Podcast, hosts Wayne Smith and Dan McVaugh welcome Ignacio Contreras, Qualcomm's Sr. Director of Product Marketing,...
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45. AT&T's Robot Dogs and Drone Cell Sites with Art Pregler
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Welcome back to the 5G Guys! Today we’re going to talk about some pretty cool technology that AT&T has been working on. You might be familiar with AT&T as your phone or internet provider, but did you know that they’ve been developing some...
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44. Nationwide Broadband for First Responders with FirstNet CTO Jeff Bratcher
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Hey there, 5G Guys Podcast listeners! Today, we're diving into the world of emergency response and the revolutionary technology that's making it all possible: FirstNet. FirstNet is the first-ever nationwide, interoperable broadband network that's...
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43. A Glimpse Into The Future of 6G with Doug Kirkpatrick of Eridan
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Will we be rebranding soon to the 6G Guys? Our guest today may have the answer! We had the pleasure of hosting Doug Kirkpatrick, CEO and co-founder of Eridan, who shared fascinating insights about their game-changing technology, Miracle RFFE (Radio...
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42. The Life Cycle of a Cell Site: Maintenance and Modification - Part Three
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Welcome back to our series on Lifecycle of a Cell Site! Today we are focusing on the Modifications and Maintenance phase of the network. As the 5G guys, we understand that maintaining and modifying a cellular network is a complex, ongoing process that...
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41. The Life Cycle of a Cell Site: The Construction Phase - Part Two
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In this episode, we are continuing our behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into building and maintaining cell sites. This is the second of a multi-episode series called "The Life Cycle of a Cell Site!" If you missed part one, check out the...
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40. The Life Cycle of a Cell Site: The Design of the Network - Part One
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Welcome back to the 5G Guys Podcast! Today, we are diving into the exciting world of cellular networks and providing a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into building and maintaining them. This is the first of a multi-episode series called...
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39. Our 2023 Industry Predictions (5G, Ai, Telecom, Starlink and more!)
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Let’s take a look into the future! We're so excited to be back in the studio to talk and make our predictions for 2023. In this episode, we will look at not just the wireless and telecommunications industry but also other related industries that...
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38. 2022 Year In Review with the 5G Guys
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2022, where do we even start? If you’ve been listening to the show for a while, you know that this episode is a yearly tradition for us. We look forward to recapping the year from our perspective and share the biggest industry highlights you need to...
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2023: The Year Ahead with 5G Guys with Dan McVaugh and Wayne Smith
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2023 marks four years since the start of 5G deployment in the United States, and many in the telecom industry are wondering what this year means for 5G rollout. Today, 5G Talent Talk host Carrie Charles welcomes Dan McVaugh and Wayne Smith, wireless telecommunications experts and co-hosts of the 5G Guys podcast. In this episode, the duo provide valuable insights on what to expect in the year ahead through workforce challenges, threat of recession, and return-to-office. They discuss the current approach to a lack of 5G developers and enthusiasts, why adopting a hybrid business model is ideal for this year, and how to implement a healthy workplace culture.
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37. Careers Opportunities in The Booming Wireless Industry with Broadstaff's Carrie Charles
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Are you interested in a career in the telecommunications industry? Or maybe you are considering your career and need an opportunity to build a brighter future. If so, this episode is for you!  Welcome back to the 5G Guys Podcast!  We...
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36. 3G Shutdowns In The US: Which Devices Will Be Affected Most
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If you have one of the larger cell carriers, you probably have been receiving emails and notifications about “3G Shutting Down Soon.”  What does that mean for you and is it really going to happen? Welcome to episode 36 of the 5G Guys! In...
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35. Plum Cases to the Rescue
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In 2022 when you read the news or hear about the latest technological innovations, it can start to seem like we can’t go any higher as a human race… However, when we study history and look back at the greatest moments of breakthroughs and...
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34. Impacts of Inflation on 5G
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Inflation is affecting everyone from the top down. Even the big tech companies who are in charge of rolling out 5G technology and new telecommunications infrastructure…but it begs the question: what's the damage? Welcome back to another episode of...
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33. Update: 5G Deployment Progress In The US 2022
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Is this 5G thing ever going to happen? We have an industry progress report to help answer that question.  Welcome back to the 5G Guys! Anyone that's been listening for a while knows that we finished up our season last year by giving some...
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32. How Fiber Networks are Leveraged To Run 4G and 5G with Brian Daniels with Zayo
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It’s a fact, fiber keeps things running smoothly…no, not that kind of fiber. Today we are talking about fiber networks! 4G and 5G connection and technology are heavily dependent on fiber networks.  Wireless services can't deliver blazing...
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31. Sporting Event and Arena Tech with Jason Jennings with Mortenson Construction
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They say 3rd time's a charm right? Welcome back to another episode of the 5G Guys! This episode marks the official start of season 3! Before we get started, we wanted to take a second and say thank you to each and every one of you who listen to the...
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30. Technology Convergence with Paul Stager of EdgeQ
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Remember when you were a kid, and you tied two cups together with a string and used it as a phone? Or maybe you remember the first time you opened up AOL chat and got to talk with a friend instantly. In 2022 it takes a lot more to keep people...
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29. The Incredible World of Aviation: Expert Vance Hilderman Talks 5G Interference
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Welcome to another episode of The 5G Guys! Dan here again, on the last two shows I have been flying solo as my co-host Wayne continues to travel the world. While he is jet-setting, we thought it would be the perfect time to get the latest insight into...
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28. MVNO: Mobile Virtual Network Operators 101 - How Boost, Metro, and Other Alternative Carriers Work
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Listen to this episode to get the skinny on what an MVNO is and what that means to you. We think it’s safe to say that Americans love their streaming and online entertainment. According to the average U.S. smartphone user now consumes a total of...
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5G Guys
27. In-flight Cellular with Fred Teichman of GoGo Wireless
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Back in the day, air travel looked a lot different than it does today. People would dress to the nines, the isles were wider and the seating was roomier, the finest food would be brought to your seat even if you weren’t first-class and so much more....
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26. How Cellular Carriers Make Money
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It’s safe to say that the smartphone revolution has grown past a trend and moved into a modern necessity. A survey done in 2014 stated that 47% of adults believed they couldn’t last a day without their cellphone. With advancements in technology...
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25. Wi-Fi 101: With Dr. Jim Lansford
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It’s in our houses, connected to our phones, and our tablets. Sometimes it’s even in our cars, thermostats, and fridges, but does anyone really know how Wi-Fi works? Welcome back to the 5G Guys podcast! Our guest today is Qualcomm's Director of...
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24. Satellite Networks 101: The New Space Race
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If you’ve been listening to us for a while, you’ve heard us cover a number of topics from cell towers and IoT, to things like Big Brother, cybersecurity, and even wireless charging. In today’s episode, we take a step off our world and into the...
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23. Why Wireless Needs Wires: Behind The Scenes of Wireless Communications
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Welcome back to another episode of the 5G Guys Podcast! Today we start our second season off with a look into the backbone of wireless technology, wires.  As weird as it sounds, wires are a crucial part of what makes wireless technology...
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22. FLASHPOD: Updates on the 5G standoff between AT&T/Verizon and US aviation industry
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 We've been getting a ton of outreach asking for our take on the standoff between AT&T/Verizon and US aviation and federal regulating groups as it relates to the launch of new 5G service on the C-Band.   This FLASHPOD will update on...
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21. Part 2: Our Predictions For 2022 and Other Topics to Watch Out For
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Welcome back for another episode of the 5G Guys! If you’ve listened to us before you’ve heard us state that “wireless is the fourth utility”, and with 2021 coming to a close, that reality will be here sooner than you think. Join us in the...
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20. Part 1: Our Predictions For 2022 and Other Topics to Watch Out For
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For a lot of us, 2021 was a reset period for our lives. Whether it was learning how to work remotely, helping the kids with remote school, or even just changing the way we traveled, the world began shifting to accommodate a more wireless society. The...
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19. What We’ve Learned: A Review Of Our Year
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Technology is important because it creates the future. We’re able to be a part of the “next” and create things that don’t exist.  - MC Hammer Welcome back to 5G Guys! It’s hard to believe that 2021 is almost over, it feels like so much...
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18. How Wireless Communication Helps First Responders Save More Lives with Chris Kuhl
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Wireless is an important tool for First Responders to do their jobs and do so safely and efficiently Police, Fire, EMS, and other first responders rely on radio networks for communications and dispatch when they’re in the heat of the moment. Our...
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17. FLASHPOD: Why 5G Has Been Delayed - The FAA’s Warning to Verizon and AT&T
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Imagine this, you’re getting ready for a big event you are hosting and you have done everything you can do to make sure the party goes perfect. You got the best food, booked the entertainment, made sure you got a babysitter, you pulled out your best...
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5G Guys
16. The Future Of Energy: Following In Tesla’s Footsteps with Cherif Chibane
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Imagine if you never had to plug your phone or laptop in again to charge it. This is not a new concept but it is one that comes closer every single day. Today we take a looking into wireless charging and how it will change our future lives.  Join...
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5G Guys
15. Is Big Brother Watching? The Truth About Tracking and Data Laws In 2021
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Are the government or big tech spying on us through our cell phones?  This is a theme that might sound like a conspiracy theory, but there's some technical legitimacy to the concept, kind of. Welcome back to another episode of the 5G Guys! Today...
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14. Who Really Has The Best Service? A Look Into The Top Cell Networks
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Choosing which cellular service provider to hitch your wagon to can seem like a daunting guessing game. Many of us have had the same network provider for years, but when it comes to cell service, reliability, and price it’s hard to know if you’re...
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5G Guys
13. What You Need To Know About Private Wireless Networks
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Whether you’re a business owner, educator, or even just a person who is connected to the world there is no doubt that wireless technology has become a necessity. Dubbed the fourth utility, it’s clear that popular wireless networks are becoming...
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5G Guys
12. Cell Sites, 5G, and Radiation: What You Need To Know
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Disclaimer: This episode of 5G Guys was recorded with the sole purpose to educate and inform. The opinions and thoughts are not licensed, doctors and nothing in the show should be deemed as medical advice. If you have any specific questions regarding...
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11. Microsoft’s Pete Bernard Explains AI, IoT, And Edge
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If you’ve been listening to our show recently, or if you’ve been around any tech talk, you’ve probably heard AI, IoT, and even Edge thrown around. But what does it all actually mean? How do they all connect and what exactly are they doing to...

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