Changes in 5G technology might be impacting consumers and homeowners in the coming years. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. is moving swiftly to a next generation of wireless connectivity. These new networks and technologies will enable faster speeds and low-latency wireless broadband services, cultivating the Internet of Things (IOT) and innovations not yet imagined, the agency reports.
Verizon, one of the recognized global leaders in facilitating 5G technology, tells consumers that to understand 5G, itâ€™s helpful to understand what came before it:
Under FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the agency is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to facilitate Americaâ€™s superiority in 5G technology (the 5G FAST Plan). The chairmanâ€™s strategy includes three key components:
So how soon is this 5G tech going to hit home?
CNET.com posits that with all those connected locks, light switches and other smart household products fragmented both by software platforms and wireless communication standards, 5G seems like it has the potential to alleviate some of the confusion around smart-home connectivityâ€”but their sources allude that power consumption challenges will limit various consumer and electronic devices accessing 5G tech to primarily those wired to robust power sources, like a home electrical system.
So while 5G wouldnâ€™t be a good fit for battery-powered smart locks due to the power draw, beyond potentially streamlining at least some connectivity issues, some smart-home device makers do see 5G enabling improved performance. Stay tuned for more on the subject of 5G and its consumer/homeowner impact in future reports.
John Voket is a contributing editor to RISMedia.