Just as enterprises are loathe to buy new infrastructure without sound business reasons, consumers can be unwilling to invest in the growing number of smart-home solutions if they don't perceive measurable benefits.
Unfettered by latency worries, today's ultra-broadband networks allow users to attach multiple devices -- ranging from typical laptops, phones and TVs to newer Internet of Things products such as thermostats, appliances and home controls. But for these devices to become ubiquitous, consumers must find them valuable and useful.
Already, about two thirds of homeowners with houses valued between $250,000 and $500,000 plan to purchase smart-home technology in the next 12 months, according to NTT Data Services research, released in May 2017.
By demonstrating the return on investment, service providers encourage the adoption of additional smart-home solutions and high-speed ultra-broadband services. By partnering with IoT vendors, operators add convenience to the equation. And by sharing use cases, the entire smart-home ecosystem and consumers benefit, by saving money, curtailing energy use and enhancing security.
Read on for examples of how smart homes add up to smart business -- for both service providers and their customers.
At its meeting, the Federal Communications Commission increased the speed of acceptable rural broadband and increased funding for providers, delivering it to households and businesses in the countryside.
Fiber Broadband Association President Lisa Younger's new neighbor Amazon isn't the only one demanding high-speed fiber infrastructure as a prerequisite for anywhere it calls home (or HQ2), she writes in her newest blog. After all, the numbers don't add up any other way.
Ex-pat Alison Diana finds some Brits focused on improving the country's pretty abysmal service since it's something they can control — unlike Brexit, Theresa May's future, Parliamentary games or anything else to do with the relationship between the EU and UK.
While Tier 1 carriers make up the vast majority of those deploying fiber to North American homes, other provider types are making their mark, RVA's study for Fiber Broadband Association finds.
Tier One ILECs primary providers for fiber deployment surge to North American homes, but
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!