M1 Limited, leading telecom operator of Singapore and Chinese networking giant Huawei have announced plans to plunge into the live demonstration of 360-view Virtual Reality (VR) content broadcast by end of June this year.
The demonstration will be Singapore's first end-to-end 5G live trial using 5G equipment setup at M1's MiWorld building in Jurong and Huawei's 5G equipment operating at the 28GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) frequency band, a company statement said.
With the advent of 5G technology which supports enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) capabilities with theoretical peak download throughput exceeding 20 Gbps based on the 3GPP Standards, one potential 5G use case is the live streaming and broadcasting of VR/AR/MR content, M1 noted.
"This live demo is a small but significant step in our journey towards next-generation 5G mobile networks. With the advancement in 5G and media technologies, immersive communication experience will continue to be enhanced and this will definitely have a profound impact on the way we work, learn, live and play in future Smart City," said Mr Denis Seek, Chief Technical Officer, M1.
Singapore's mobile networks are widely acknowledged as amongst the most advanced worldwide, and M1 is committed to staying at the forefront of 5G technology to ensure our consumers enjoy the best experience and latest smart applications. We look forward to working closely with Huawei to harness 5G for developing new innovative and demand-driven use cases and applications in Singapore, he further added.
"We are pleased to partner with M1 on the 5G journey. With customer-centric innovation in mind, Huawei will continue to push the technology envelope jointly with our customer to deliver best-in-class advanced wireless solutions," said Mr Lei Hui, CEO of Huawei International.
The joint venture, as M1 told, have planned a number of key initiatives over the next 18 months to validate the latest 5G specifications as soon as the Standards are finalized and commercial equipment is available for live deployment.
The companies are also planning to roll out f the first 3.5GHz with Non-Standalone (NSA) standards compliance field trial in Southeast Asia by end 2018, as well as the first 28GHz and 3.5GHz with Standalone (SA) standards compliance field trial in South East Asia by mid-2019.
2018 is the year of commercialization of 5G and Huawei is already leading the global race for next-generation 5G networks. Huawei provides an overall solution to quickly introduce 5G and maximize spectral utilization on live networks. With a continual focus on network quality, customer service, value and innovation, M1 is Singapore's most vibrant and dynamic communications company. The collaboration will integrate their capabilities to yield best results.