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Ground-breaking AR 5G video call between SG and Aus

A ground breaking Augmented Reality (AR) 5G video call between Singapore and Australia was recently achieved by Singtel, Optus, Ericsson and OPPO. With the gradual advancements in 5G technology, the launch and usage of 5G telecommunications networks is getting closer. This would definitely have an impact on our daily life and our work, there are new 5G smartphones that were also being announced at the recent Mobile World Congress and I would share some news on some of the smartphone brands that announced their 5G smartphones.

During my recent coverage on 5G technology news and a visit to 5G Garage, a partnership with Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic, we can see the strong commitment by Singtel, Ericsson and Singapore Polytechnic to build, transform and grow a 5G ecosystem in Singapore.

From the number of 5G smartphones being launched by various technology brands in this year 2019, the launch and usage of 5G technology networks should be starting this year 2019, maybe in the 2nd half of 2019! I am not too sure if I would be changing to a 5G smartphone yet, let’s see how the 5G technology networks progress in the very near future!

Let me share more information behind the ground breaking AR 5G video call between Singapore and Australia :

On Friday 22nd 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. 

Optus engineer uses OPPO 5G test device during 5G AR video call to Singtel engineers in Singapore Location: Optus’ live 5G site in Sydney, Australia

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. 

Singtel engineers use OPPO 5G test device during 5G AR video call with Optus counterpart in Sydney, Australia Location: Singapore

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. 

* Information and pictures courtesy of Singtel and Ericsson *

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