As tech companies move on to 4G, and the adoption of 5G is on the rise, 3G networks could be completely shut down in the near future. The shutdown of the 3G network will bring a massive change to all IoT systems we use every day without even thinking about it.
Mobile carriers were the first to react, inviting their customers to switch to newer phones and other gadgets they carry connected to phones. After AT&T shut its 3D network last week, companies across different industries became more aware of the urgency to solve this problem.
Estimates are that the automotive industry will be among the most influenced ones. Traffic alerts, GPS systems, and location tracking will be lost in millions of cars unless upgraded to 4G before the shutdown.
With T-Mobile and Verizon announcing the shutdown of their 3D networks by next year, many people could face disruption. Customers that don’t transition in time could face serious security problems once their gadgets become unable to receive the signal.
Home security systems, and car assistant services could suffer massively unless the switch is made in a timely manner. If your home alarm runs on 3D, you should call the company to make sure necessary arrangements can be made in time to switch to 4G.
When it comes to cars, the situation will vary depending on the production year of your vehicle. Typically, majority of cars produced after 2017 already have their systems connected to 4G, but you should call your dealer to check this.
Similar tech disruptions already happened with shuttings of 2D, and it’s certain that we will see many similar disruptions in future. Progress of technology will eventually make a number of technologies we know today completely obsolete.