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Huawei report says current infrastructure can’t support Metaverse

Huawei is concerned that the current telecom infrastructure cannot satisfy the requirements of the Metaverse, which may need the combination of 5G and 6G networks.

Abhinav Purohit, chief specialist of business and strategy consulting for Huawei’s Middle East region, issued a three-part blog post on December 20 outlining the possibilities of the metaverse industry and the role telecom companies may play in it.

Purohit defined the metaverse as “a collective virtual shared environment that allows geographically dispersed persons to have a realistic, spatially-aware experience,” but he did not identify the structure of this environment. This integrates the digital content of its users with the “real” environment.

In addition, he stated that “digital currencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs)” will fuel the Web 3 movement’s underlying economies, hence the concept of an open metaverse is inherently tied to the Web 3 movement.

Among other things, he stated that rapid developments in download speeds, streaming quality, mobile device, and metaverse hardware are required to bring this concept to fruition and establish a working virtual realm.

Purohit commented that a substantial amount of technological advancement is still necessary to provide a completely polished and immersive experience, stating:

To achieve this, breakthroughs are required in areas such as hybrid local and remote real-time rendering, video compression, edge computing, and cross-layer visibility.

In addition, he believes that breakthroughs in cellular standards, network optimization, and reduced latency between mobile devices and networks are essential.

According to Purohit, the Metaverse network is hindered by latency (the time it takes to process a request), asymmetric bandwidth (the speed at which data is carried), and experience quality (network throughput).

In conclusion, he states, “the general adoption of 5G networks will dramatically increase capacity while decreasing network congestion and latency, while 6G will increase speeds by an order of magnitude.”

5G networks can achieve speeds of up to one gigabit per second, comparable to those of fixed wireless broadband, according to reports (Mbps). Considering that the average Internet speed in the United States is 119.03 Mbps, these speeds are significantly faster.

In data from the Worldwide Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), 501 operators in 153 countries and territories would invest in 5G by August 2022, indicating a significant push for its global adoption beyond the metaverse.

According to GSA figures, 223 of the 501 mobile service providers have launched 5G services in 89 countries and territories. The question of whether 5G can sustain the entire metaverse remains unanswered because it has not yet been widely deployed and adopted as a global mobile standard.

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