High-speed 5G (fifth generation) networks could change the way we use our cell phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on the street, make live interactive broadcasts and even project holograms from our devices.
Thus, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) specialist Richard Foggie says this could be possible in the next few years thanks to the arrival of 5G mobile networks, which will allow some devices to handle large amounts of data at high speeds.
Experiments are already underway, as recently, telecom giants Verizon and Korean Telecom (KT) conducted what they defined as The World’s First Live International Holographic Holographic Live Call, and they did it while testing 5G technology.
During the test, a KT employee in Seoul, South Korea, conversed with an hologram of a Verizon employee in New Jersey, U.S., that appeared on a monitor at KT’s offices.
Although both firms described the test as an early-stage trial, KT said it is working on commercializing holographic video calls, in which users meet a person in a distant area in size and in real time.
And in the U.K. Vodafone is planning a live demonstration in a holographic call to test 5G technology and see its potential.
Another change, at least in theory, is that 5G will be able to allow us to interact in real time on the web, eliminating the lag you get with tools like Skype at speeds slower than 4G.