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The development of virtual reality (VR) continues apace with BT and Nokia partnering to see how 5G networks can be used to maximise the experience of customers watching fully immersive live sport or entertainment in future high definition (HD) VR.

nokia 28 FebThis research will examine how the low latencies and high bandwidths of such networks can be utilised in production environments such as live sports. The two companies are showcasing their work in the area with a demonstration of football in VR at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. The footage comprises the UEFA Champions League game between Tottenham Hotspur and CSK Moscow, broadcast by BT Sport from Wembley in early December using a Nokia OZO virtual reality camera.

“5G and VR are both technologies with enormous potential. This exciting joint research with Nokia is allowing us to explore how they can work together to provide a transformative experience for our customers in the future,” said Howard Watson, CEO of BT technology, service & operations. “Drawing on the high bandwidths and low latencies of 5G will allow us to go beyond the already compelling VR experiences that are possible over 4G, and cater for more interactive future VR content which will place people right at the heart of the action.”

Content in the showcase will be transmitted over a radio link based on Nokia 5G technologies together with Intel’s 5G modem solution that incorporates components of Nokia’s 5G FIRST solution, which includes Nokia Air Scale Massive MIMO adaptive antennas and Cloud-RAN implementations based around Nokia AirFrame.

“Nokia is excited to be showcasing at Mobile World Congress the true potential of 5G, both on the network side but also in innovative new use cases,” added Harold Graham, head of the 5G business line in mobile networks at Nokia. “Virtual Reality, in particular, has enormous potential, both for entertainment as well as other applications, so our demo with B in Barcelona is a compelling way to create both excitement and understanding of that potential.”