The end-to-end, real-time augmented reality (AR) video call took place between Singapore and Australia over Ericsson’s 5G networks – bringing us a step closer to the wide scale deployment of immersive mixed reality applications.

Celebrating international AR video call success

Immersive mixed reality applications – enabled by the high-throughput, low-latency connectivity of 5G networks – are already beginning to resonate across consumer markets and diverse industrial segments. This will present increasingly significant revenue opportunities to service providers over coming years.

Together with Singtel, Optus and OPPO, Ericsson recently successfully enabled an end-to-end 5G video call with Augmented Reality (AR) between Singapore and Australia. Made on  OPPO 5G test devices equipped with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modems on 3GPP-compliant 5G networks in both countries, the AR video call showcases one of the latest consumer 5G use case.

Engineers from Singtel and Optus demonstrated the use of AR on a real-time 5G video call using Ericsson’s 5G networks, making instant on-screen annotations to exchange views on their respective live 5G sites.

Martin Wiktorin, Head of Ericsson in Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, Ericsson says: "The success of this video call using 5G test devices and AR in a multi-party environment, brings us a step closer to having our mobile broadband experience transformed with a mere click. With the establishment of 5G connectivity on smartphones soon becoming a reality, consumers and enterprises will be able to unleash the full potential of 5G by integrating this new technology into their daily lives and operations.”

In our 5G Consumer and Industry Insight report 2018, we revealed that 76 percent of today’s smartphone users would be interested in 5G services. In fact, over one-third of users expect 5G to offer capabilities beyond speed and network coverage. This refers to improvements such as better battery life for devices, reliability, guaranteed quality of service as well as the ability to extend connectivity beyond devices to include the Internet of Things.

AR provides users with a more inclusive form of communication, opening up new possibilities for enterprises, ranging from mobile collaboration between experts in different locations, on-the-job training to remote assistance. Examples of consumer use cases will include immersive gaming, virtual tactile shopping and holographic calls.

In Singapore, Singtel and Ericsson have achieved significant milestones in building a robust 5G ecosystem, including the launch of the 5G Center of Excellence program in October 2017, the first data call over a 3GPP-compliant 5G network in November 2018, as well as the recent opening of the first live 5G facility - the 5G Garage - in partnership with Singapore Polytechnic. Conceptualized as a training center, test bed and ideation lab, the 5G Garage will drive the adoption of 5G by enterprises in their digital transformations.

In Australia, Optus and Ericsson are partnering to build 50 new network sites and conduct critical inter-operability device testing. This will allow Optus to deliver a compatible 5G home broadband product to customers.

Want to learn more about augmented reality? Last year, Ericsson demonstrated augmented reality over a live 5G network, together with Telia and Intel. Read about our augmented reality use case.

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