GSMA launches initiative to get telecom operators up to speed with VR and AR connectivity

The GSMA has released a new industry-wide initiative that will concentrate on the development of cloud virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology.

The GSMA Cloud AR/VR Forum is supported by China Mobile, Telecom and Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, KT Corp., NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Telenor, TIM, Turkcell and Vodafone, and intends to motivate all parties to team up on expediting the delivery and deployment of 5G cloud-based AR and VR services.

Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer at GSMA, said: “Both VR and AR are disruptive forms of immersive multimedia that, combined with operator edge cloud and 5G connectivity, will transform the cost structures of the enterprise and entertainment fields. Mobile operators will play a key role in its development, but without a common approach and industry-wide collaboration we risk fragmenting the market from the beginning.

“The establishment of this forum will overcome this hurdle and ensure we can scale compelling solutions faster.”

The programme will also cover technical development areas, such as research into ultra-low latency codec compression, graphics processing unit (GPU) rendering in the cloud and virtualisation technologies, along with the development of simplified interfaces so that developers can easily deploy services.

A report by GSMA issued in May detailed how mobile IoT technologies will be an important part of 5G. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide and it reiterates that several leading operators, such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, Orange, and Vodafone are fully committed to deploying NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies as part of their 5G massive IoT strategies. Currently, 24 mobile operators have commercially released 48 Mobile IoT networks around the world across both NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies.

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