Many devices within the Internet of Things—home alarm systems, wearable medical equipment, fire alarms, even ankle monitors—still run on 3G networks. Third generation devices are used in industries from aviation to Trucking.
However, the clock must continue to turn.
“With any technical advances, there will always be resistances, and you can try to mitigate them,” says Jason Leigh, director of research at analysis firm IDC. “But at a certain point, you have to pull the first aid kit.”
But this expansion affected some industries more than others. groups represent home security system And medical monitoring device companies have They expressed their dissatisfactionand petitioning the FCC to compel AT&T to do so delay his transmission Until the end of 2022. One group, the Alarm Industry Communications Committee, went so far as to call this step frankly fatal.
The AICC wrote: “Relief required is necessary to avoid the detrimental, even fatal, impact of this sunset on tens of millions of people in millions of homes, businesses and government facilities due to the loss of central station alarm protection service.” In its petition to the FCC. “Lives (including the lives of many elderly people) are very likely to be lost if contact is lost.”
Hyperbolic, perhaps. But either way, AT&T doesn’t seem to be being phased out. In response to resisting sunset, the company books That further delays things would “throw a wrench into AT&T’s carefully planned transition to 5G.” Since then the hostility has become ugly. AT&T accuses AICC of standing in the way of progress. AICC accuses AT&T of putting elderly people at risk through neglect. Each side asserts that the other only cares about finances.
This type of wireless generation transmission occurs approximately every 10 years. Old standards last for a while and then are gradually phased out. It’s a predictable enough cycle, and companies can prepare for it. That, unless it changes the world, for 18 months public health crisis Popup ad. The Covid pandemic has disrupted nearly every industry, including those that depend on 3G technologies. Alarm companies, for example, say pandemic restrictions have prevented them from getting into people’s homes to update equipment.
“We’ve faced an epidemic, which has taken us many months, where elderly people and individuals were not letting people into their homes or really focused on an issue like this,” says AICC spokesperson Daniel Oppenheim. “Just as these challenges have somewhat subsided, we have now supply chain issues About acquiring products.
Acknowledging the hardships caused by the pandemic, most carriers have already delayed sunsets on their 3G network by months to years. Verizon originally started phasing out 3G in 2016, when it announced its 2020 target date. AT&T said the same shortly thereafter. In response to the AICC, AT&T maintains that it has done more than enough to prepare customers for 3G theory.