In December of 2020 the FCC released a document on allowing earlier equipment marketing and importation opportunities to expand marketing opportunities for innovative technologies. In short, this was to discuss allowing technology providers to move more quickly through the FCC’s authorization process – specifically for 5G and other radio frequency transmitting devices.
Radio frequency can interfere with other technology, people, and animals.
Therefore, the authorization process for these devices is really elaborate and can take a long time to go through. This proposal would make the process a little less involved and require less time for companies, which the FCC hopes will speed up innovation in areas such as 5G. Devices still need to be made in the US with no third party software that can alter them and must still be approved by the FCC but this does mean a faster time to market, which will affect businesses.
We’ve been hearing about, and barely impacted by, the new cutting-edge technology of 5G.
So does this new proposal mean we’ll actually get to see the benefits of 5G sooner rather than later? Likely. Although that may still be a few years away, this proposal will have an impact on the speed of implementing 5G throughout the United States. Although it may take some time to get to every city, it’s never too early to begin understanding 5G and the impacts it will have on your business.
One thing to consider is the change in devices that will likely occur.
Right now there are only a handful of devices on the market that are 5G compatible. Sooner or later, we’re going to see carriers like Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless. not only stop offering 3G and possibly 4G devices, but we’ll also see them lose support. This means device upgrades will be unavoidable. Another piece that will affect businesses is the cost associated with this new network. Most carriers have been relaying that prices will remain the same but that will likely change over time and heavily impact your wireless bill. Other components on this change include the new hardware that will emerge and the increased need for security on devices and hardware.
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