29 Oct 2021 | Mike Boland
AWE Talks: How Will 5G Propel XR?
Augmented Reality

Welcome back to AWE Talks, our series that plucks the greatest hits from the vast AWE conference archive. To get the juices flowing for AWE USA 2021, we're highlighting insightful videos from the recent past. 

This week we spotlight 5G's role in unlocking our XR future. This is an ongoing rallying cry in XR worlds, but it's an open question how 5G will be an accelerant and an enabler. Nokia Head of Ecosystem & Trend Scouting (cool title) Leslie Shannon breaks it down for us.

See the full video below along with TLDR (or TLDW) quick-hit takeaways.

– 5G is often generalized as a technology that will unlock spatial experiences due to faster speeds and low latency.
– That’s certainly the case, but it misses other nuances such as high-frequency signals that enable precision in geo-located AR.
– There's also nuance in the different flavors of 5G, which map to different bands of the wireless spectrum and XR use cases.
– Additionally, edge networks will work in tandem with 5G in smaller areas to offload device processing, thus bulk, heat and cost. 
– For all these reasons, carriers will have a key part in owning the infrastructure that powers our spatial future (just like the Web).
– Beyond carriers, a few other factors and entities could influence and accelerate 5G rollouts. 
– For example, cloud gaming platforms like Stadia need low-latency to function properly. 
– Because gaming is a $152 billion industry, there are deep pockets that compel enablers like 5G.
– In that way, cloud gaming can be seen as XR's best friend in that it will accelerate the necessary investments in 5G.
– Panning back, 5G could advance XR to the degree of 3G advancements (iPhone circa 2008) over 2G (brick phones circa 2000).

See the full discussion in the video below... 

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