Will 5G be able to support the network environment needed for the metaverse?

Earlier at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, attendees were transported into a metaverse with virtual reality (VR) headsets, and they were even able to stand in the streets of Paris and admire the Notre Dame Cathedral by riding on the giant robotic arm that SK displayed at the event and at the Orange stand.

Telecom companies are turning their attention to the metaverse, a virtual world that doesn’t quite exist yet but is still seen by many as the future of how we work and socialize. However, the questions of how their network technology will interface with the metaverse and how it will be regulated still need to be answered.

At the conference, Michael Trabbia, Chief Innovation Officer at Orange Telecom, said: “Telcos will be the gateway to the metaverse, the gateway that will link the customer to the digital world. Customers buy devices from us, today it’s a smartphone, tomorrow it could be VR glasses, and they trust us to guide them into such a digital world.

In terms of the network and computing conditions needed for the metaverse, Trabbia also explains: “There is fibre, there is 5G, so we have the network environment needed to enable metaverse connectivity, and we can also upgrade it with edge computing capabilities, because we know that for the metaverse, the computing part will be absolutely critical and we need to add computing execution capabilities close to the metaverse We need to add computational execution capabilities closer to the users of the metaverse. And the metaverse will also be a platform for new technology development, such as new artificial intelligence (AI), so we have a lot of work to do in terms of the new technologies and interoperability needed to establish connectivity.” .

Others have said that 5G is still not enough to support the needs of a relatively fully metaverse world network, as Cathy Hackl, known as the “godmother of the metaverse”, has said: “When we’re talking about metaverse and telcos, we’re really talking about millions of devices coming together to watch content in a virtual space underneath the physical world. So we need lower latency and we need more bandwidth. To achieve a seamless integration of the physical and virtual worlds, that in itself requires a better network environment than 5G, so we need 6G, WiFi 6, data storage and edge computing”.

Whether 5G will be able to fully support the network environment required for the metaverse is unknown at this time, and although the metaverse world is not yet completely here, the metaverse market is predicted to reach US$814 billion by 2028. A key reason for the rise of the metaverse is that remote working has transformed the way people socialise, and the metaverse will provide an immersive virtual world comparable to the real world, one that The world will simultaneously connect people for work, life, play and science research, and telecoms companies will be key to making this happen. Today, telecoms and technology companies around the world are investing and developing research and development around the metaverse, providing teams and network technology to support the creation of the metaverse, and developing corporate partnerships to support their role and value in the metaverse.

What else is needed to create a complete metaverse portal?

Of course, while seeking cyber-technological breakthroughs to build metaverse portals, the establishment of regulatory policies is actually more important. The main issue faced by companies is data security, and there have been earlier reports of harassment and cyber-attacks in the virtual world, but local regulators have not issued policies to improve the rules accordingly, and in fact the metaverse is the same as the real world, and when we work and live in it We certainly don’t want bad things to happen in the virtual world, just as we don’t want things to happen in the real world that is detrimental to the interests of society.

So this also means that there will be a plethora of new projects and technologies that will emerge to provide data security for the metaverse, like MEMO, to build a solid foundation for security in the metaverse, because without security, the metaverse will not be affirmed and thrive by the real world.

The establishment of regulatory policies is not just a matter for telecoms and technology companies, but more so for local regulators to oversee security, just like the EU’s Digital Market Act for the digital world. Only the joint participation of companies and governments in the development and monitoring of policies can ensure that the metaverse is secure in the absolute sense and that the security and privacy of those involved are truly protected.

The establishment of a metaverse portal requires close cooperation between communication companies, technology companies and local regulators to be fully realized. The network environment, technical support and data security are indispensable. MEMO upholds the vision of creating a secure metaverse infrastructure environment and will also provide a highly reliable, secure and compatible decentralized data storage solution for the construction of the metaverse.

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