Singapore, 21 February 2019 – Singtel, Optus and Ericsson have successfully made an end-to-end 5G video call with Augmented Reality (AR) between Singapore and Australia.
Made with OPPO 5G test devices equipped with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modems on 3GPP-compliant 5G networks in both countries, this call marks the latest 5G highlight for Singtel, Optus, Ericsson and OPPO.
Singtel and Optus engineers demonstrated the use of AR on a real-time 5G video call using Ericsson's networks, making instant on-screen annotations to exchange views on their respective live 5G sites. 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.
Mr Allen Lew, CEO, Optus said, "Once again Optus has proven our 5G agility, working collaboratively with our colleagues in Singapore to successfully land a ground-breaking 5G inter-country AR video call. Just last month we achieved another first, with the launch of our plans for our 5G Home Broadband product for Australian consumers and today's announcement is another step in our commitment to lead 5G delivery in Australia."
Mr Mark Chong, Group Chief Technology Officer, Singtel, said: "This call is a significant marker in our journey to 5G as we develop a robust 5G ecosystem to ensure that our enterprise and consumer customers will enjoy an enhanced connectivity experience. 5G is a key enabler that will bring the future of AR, Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Cities closer to reality."
Mr Martin Wiktorin, Country Head, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, Ericsson added: "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."
Mr Peter Huang, President of OPPO APAC added: "Once again, OPPO has pushed the boundaries of what is possible in a smartphone. The call is another 5G first for OPPO, and demonstrates our commitment to become one of, if not the first manufacturer to commercialise a 5G smartphone. We've been preparing for 5G technology for a number of years and have committed RMB10 billion this year alone in R&D investment as we usher in our 5G future. We're excited about what the next evolution of the mobile network will bring."
According to Ericsson's "Towards a 5G consumer future – Consumer and Industry Insight report 2018", the idea of 5G services appeals to 76 per cent of smartphone users consulted for the survey. 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.
In Singapore, Singtel and Ericsson have achieved significant milestones in building a robust 5G ecosystem, including the launch of the 5G Centre of Excellence programme in October 2017, the first data call over a 3GPP compliant 5G network in one-north in November 2018, as well as the recent opening of the first live 5G facility - the 5G Garage - in partnership with Singapore Polytechnic. Conceptualised as a training centre, 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.
Singtel is Asia's leading communications technology group, providing a portfolio of services from next-generation communication, technology services to infotainment to both consumers and businesses. For consumers, Singtel delivers a complete and integrated suite of services, including mobile, broadband and TV. For businesses, Singtel offers a complementary array of workforce mobility solutions, data hosting, cloud, network infrastructure, analytics and cyber-security capabilities. The Group has presence in Asia, Australia and Africa and reaches over 675 million mobile customers in 21 countries. Its infrastructure and technology services for businesses span 21 countries, with more than 428 direct points of presence in 362 cities.
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Optus is the second largest provider of telecommunications services in Australia in terms of revenue and employs more 8,000 employees. As a fully integrated telecommunications provider to more than 10 million customers, Optus delivers a comprehensive range of telecommunications products and services including: mobile and fixed line telephony; broadband services; multimedia entertainment and technology services; satellite services; and converged business telecommunications applications and solutions. The Optus 4G network provides coverage to 97.2% of the Australian population, and it recently launched its 5G network. Having recently extended its Premier League rights and including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Nations League, Optus Sport is the home of elite European football and provides customers with live and on demand content, along with expert analysis and highlights.
Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company's portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business and is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson's investments in innovation have delivered the benefits of telephony and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York. www.ericsson.com
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