Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone team up with deep tech specialist Matsuko on pilot combining 5G and edge computing to render calls in holography “as easy as voice calls”.
The pilot aims to interconnect operators’ edge computing servers to allow customers to establish a holographic communication session.
The operators and their technology partner further explain that they are developing a platform intended to combine the “real and virtual worlds” through a mobile connection, using a smartphone camera to generate 2D video. The latter is then transformed into a hologram on the cloud and rendered in 3D through augmented, virtual or mixed reality visualization systems.
5G at the heart
Both the operators and Matsuko insist that the test platform is only possible thanks to the 5G, which alone can deliver the performance, bandwidth and low latency needed to meet the challenge of realistic 3D imaging.
Once the trials are complete, the five partners will continue “to improve the technology of the solution by focusing on the needs in terms of quality of service”, the statement said. In particular, they will explore “Possibilities offered by 5G mobility, in particular for organizing events or virtual presentations of breathtaking realism”.
“This unique collaborative project allows us to prepare our infrastructure for the proposal of open, interoperable and easy-to-use holographic communication services.comments Karine Dussert-Sarthe, Executive Vice-President Marketing and Design at Orange Innovation. This is a significant first step towards immersive universes in which Orange will support its customers through new experiences and interactions. »