2020 is a critical tipping point for 5G wireless networks, the year when they will deploy at scale in many countries around the globe. 5G is the fabric that enables gigabit speeds, near-real-time responsiveness and the ability to connect 10x more devices than 4G.

The timing, as COVID-19 has made people’s homes their hub, means that you can expect to see a lot more hyper-connected homes faster than anticipated. When you’re spending more time at home than ever, connectivity matters for everything--from remote work and learning, to telemedicine, to social communications, to immersive entertainment.

How do I know? I’ve just written a book with Accenture colleagues, Boris Maurer, George Nazi, and Amol Phadke titled The Future Home in the 5G Era -- Next-generation strategies for hyper-connected living. It shows how the Future Home – enabled by 5G, cloud, security, AI, edge computing, eSIM and more – can provide consumers personalized services for remote-work from home, distance learning, healthcare, immersive entertainment and advanced aging care, while also yielding economic success for businesses.

5G is a watershed technology because it brings consumer home-tech propositions to levels that really deserve to be called “advanced,” “smart” and “intelligent.” And those propositions are increasingly complex. For example, the Future Home ecosystem must include technology systems from device manufacturers, platform providers and app designers. But it also requires input from companies that address increasingly critical consumer needs.

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As an author team we have put great effort into the publication’s distinctively wide scope, demonstrating that the definition of “home” is expanding and one day with 5G, you will feel “at home anywhere.” But the Future Home must start with a deep understanding of customer mindsets and how these foundational motivations may change over time.

The book speaks to all industries hoping to transform today’s fragmented connected home market into tomorrow’s Future Home. Among them are, of course, established and new communication service providers (CSPs), but also makers of home tech devices and facility systems, and the whole spectrum of service providers that are instrumental in the creation of advanced home services – from health and social care to entertainment, education, security and mobility.

Industries who are ready to transform have a huge opportunity in home-related 5G connectivity. But moving quickly during this window of opportunity is key to being a shaper of the future, rather than struggling for relevance.  

Jefferson Wang

Managing Director, Global 5g Strategy Lead, Technology Strategy & Advisory (TS&A) – Accenture

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