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Wireless Charging Forecast: 40% of U.S. Households Will Have it by 2020

One emerging – and exciting – area in wireless technology is wireless charging. We're already starting to see wireless charging roll out on smartphones, tablets, wearables – and as Juniper Research notes in a new study, infrastructure providers are beginning to roll out the equipment needed to support the technology in a way similar to public or consumer Wi-Fi.

Wireless Charging Forecast

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. households and more than 20 percent in Europe will be using energy delivered wirelessly to recharge mobile devices come 2020, according to Juniper's research entitled ¨Wireless Charging: Opportunities, Applications & Standards 2015-2020.

The technology should help ease headaches and concerns about running down the batteries that provide power to mobile devices – a phenomenon Juniper calls "battery anxiety." But it could have other benefits as well.

"Wireless charging will ultimately be about more than the power and speed of charge," remarked research author James Moar. "The ability to pinpoint device location through data exchange enables all kinds of location-based activation functions around the home, the car and in the leisure industry. Industry stakeholders must be ready to leverage this capacity."

Other highlights of Juniper's report include:

  • With regulatory and MNO approval, Japan will lead the world in adopting longer-ranged resonance-based charging technologies. In cost-driven markets, induction-based charging will remain predominant for the next 5 years.
  • A fifth of all wearable devices will incorporate wireless charging by 2020. This will have a huge impact on that market segment, permitting diverse designs without physical connectors.

Chuck Harris leads the Alliance Development Team for NetAmerica Allaince whose mission it is to grow NetAmerica's 4G LTE footprint by working with wireless license holders across the U.S. interested in joining the NetAmerica Alliance to provide 4G LTE service to citizens in rural America.