Next-generation connectivity will support a wide variety of new services, ranging from autonomous driving to to 3D holographic live concerts, according to Orange Belgium.
The telecoms provider recently teamed up with Nokia to demonstrate the possibilities of 5G technology.
At the Castle of Colonster in Liège, the two companies presented five use cases that illustrate the potential of 5G, including:
- A 3D video reconstruction of a live musical performance, streamed over 5G as a 3D hologram within a virtual reality (VR) environment, showing the potential of 5G for enabling on-demand virtual and augmented reality experiences.
- Live 360° camera and streaming through a virtual reality headset, with the 5G connection enabling an 8K live video transmission.
- Three constantly moving robots had to keep a ball in the centre of a plate that was balancing between them, showing how 5G will enable real-time communication between factory machines thanks to its low latency and high reliability.
- An interactive demo showing the importance of latency for communication between autonomous cars to streamline traffic. Players drove toy cars around a track and experienced the difference between a connection over 3G, 4G and 5G.
- Three gaming computers were connected via 5G, demonstrating how the low latency of 5G technology enhances the gaming experience.
“For residential consumers 5G will allow an increasing use of very high-definition videos and real time immersive augmented/virtual reality experiences,” said Orange Belgium CEO Michaël Trabbia. “In the professional sphere, 5G will allow us to offer dedicated and tailor made connectivity adapted to specific requirements of new innovative applications such as wireless manufacturing, real-time automation, smart cities, Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, remote medical assistance, etc.”
Orange is investing in its network in preparation for new 5G technology which is expected to be deployed from 2020.