Singtel, Optus Complete 5G Video Call with AR Between Singapore and Australia

Singtel, Optus Complete 5G Video Call with AR Between Singapore and Australia Image Credit: JYPIX/Bigstochphoto.com

Singtel announced that it has completed an end-to-end 5G video call with Augmented Reality (AR) between Singapore and Australia with Optus and Ericsson. 

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.

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.

Allen Lew, CEO, Optus
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. 

Martin Wiktorin, Country Head, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, Ericsson
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.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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