MCW 2016: Video, VR growing drivers of data demand says Facebook’s Zuckerberg | MWC 2016
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Talking about the future of mobile at Mobile World Congress 2016, Facebook's CEO said loud and clear that he believes video will be the next driver of data demand, followed by virtual reality (VR).

zuckerbergMark Zuckerberg told the audience that video is now what mobile messaging was in 2011, and that soon it will allow almost all content to be shared.

During the event, the future of mobile communications was the big question, with 5G being ready to roll out in the coming years. For Zuckerberg, the trend is clear: it is all about getting people to express their feelings and thoughts. He said that first short messages were sent, then people started sending pictures, now they are reporting their lives through video, and virtual reality will be the next big thing. Indeed, Facebook has just announced the launch of Gear VR, based on Oculus system and in partnership with Samsung.

Zuckerberg added that networks will be important in future, because people will need lots of data traffic to stream VR, and this is clearly the next driver of demand. He asked the audience to imagine what it would be like to stream a live 4K feed to create real-time virtual reality.

During his speech, he also talked about Facebook's project, which aims to connect more people through various projects like free-basics partnerships with telcos, satellite networks or drones increasing coverage in remote areas.