“2019 will be a critical year in the evolution of 5G as global roll-out pilots will shape the landscape and specifications will start to be formalized. Intelligent connectivity, enabled by 5G, will be the catalyst for the social-economic growth that the 4IR (4th Industrial Revolution) could bring.” – World Economic Forum
The multi-trillion-dollar underserved and underperforming affordable housing market can benefit directly or indirectly from 5G’s increasing adoptions in other related industries, including manufacturing, financing and smart homes, throughout the home delivery value chain, according to WeForum.org.
One major factor that needs to be looked at with the implementation of 5G is the selection of new building materials. Where 3G and 4G were less affected by certain materials, 5G is more susceptible to interference by some products such as concrete, masonry, steel, and low-e glass.
For example, foil-back sheathing can completely block a 5G signal, and the World Economic Forum has a list of recommended products for architects, designers, and builders to choose and to avoid.
5G will be critical in the unlocking of affordable housing, through its enabling of Smart Home technology. Smart home technology uses the Internet of Things (IoT) to manage everything from climate controls to lighting to appliances to landscaping. Households located near city centers will see the most benefit from 5G in this respect—as long as the city has prepared for implementation on a long scale. Smart homes have been shown to be more efficient, financially responsible, and environmentally friendly.
To learn more about the transition to 5G, read the World Economic Forum.