Telia, Intel and Ericsson have demonstrated a unique augmented reality case over a live 5G network during an event in Stockholm - giving an audience of 800 a sneak peek into the future.

At a Telia event in Stockholm, Sweden, the partners displayed how 5G-capabilities such as low latency and high data rates, combined with augmented reality (AR), can enable new and innovative real-time applications and services.

In addition to mass market applications such as gaming, navigation and education, adding  AR on top of the real-world objects makes possible new innovations such as augmented assembly instructions and so-called “x-ray vision”.

The live demonstration on Telia’s network used Ericsson’s 5G trial system and base technology along with Intel’s 5G mobile trial platform. This allowed the audience to experience augmented information about objects on the show floor, such as furniture, while also being able to inspect piping infrastructure that was ‘hidden’ behind the walls.

The low latency that comes with 5G technology is required to take augmented and virtual reality experiences to the next level. These applications will depend heavily on a secure, stable, well-functioning 5G network.

Per Narvinger, Head of Ericsson Northern and Central Europe, says: “5G use cases are moving from the realms of the imagination to the realms of reality. Service providers, enterprises, and society all stand to gain from 5G use cases, and we are seeing a lot of engagement on this. 

“This is another important step in our continued 5G collaboration with Telia. From deploying the first public 5G live network use cases in Europe in September 2017 to showing concrete 5G-enabled augmented reality use cases today. We will sustain this momentum until 5G becomes a fact for enterprises and consumers.”

In its recent report, ‘The Industry impact of 5G’, Ericsson revealed that trials of 5G use cases will start this year, after which activities will ramp up quickly, with more than 70 percent of companies aiming to have use cases in production by 2021. Manufacturing, energy and utilities, and public transport are among the industries most likely to have 5G use cases in production by 2020.

The Stockholm event is the latest in a series of activities between Ericsson and Telia as part of their joint, global 5G roadmap. The goal is to start bringing 5G services to Tallinn and Stockholm, two of the most digitalized cities in the world, this year.

In September 2017 Telia, in partnership with Ericsson and Intel, deployed the first public 5G live network use cases in Europe. The showcase included a high-speed 5G connection to a commercial passenger cruise ship delivering internet connectivity to the ship and its passengers while in port, and an industrial business case featuring a construction excavator remotely controlled via a live 5G network.