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5G mobile technology predicted to revolutionize VR and AR platforms

5G may be the tech that will bring virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to the masses.

5G mobile technology will change the entire virtual reality ecosystem according to two Chinese tech giants ZTE and Huawei Technologies. Both of these companies, which are based out of Shenzhen, are among the world’s top proponents of 5G. This next generation mobile communications technology is expected to deliver transmission speeds 100 times faster than current 4G networks. This makes it far more ideal for VR and AR, which currently lacks the technology needed to run optimally.

5G will deliver connection speeds of 1 to 10-gigabit per second and less than a millisecond of latency.

In other words, it will take less than a millisecond of time for data to get from one point to another. Presently, streaming 3D content is slow and latency is poor.

5G Mobile Technology to Boost VR - Image of VR HeadsetAccording to Roland Sladek, Huawei vice president of international media affairs, “The virtual-reality ecosystem is not mature enough now, in terms of content and bandwidth,” Sladek added that “If you want to stream 3D content, it’s very slow. Latency is not great. That will drastically change with 5G.”

Both ZTE and Huawei Technologies forecast that when 5G mobile infrastructure is widely deployed from 2020 there will be a boom in the global AR and VR markets.

The GSMA says that 5G Mobile Technology will lead to a “hyper-connected society.”

The GSM Association represents almost 800 wireless network operators and approximately 300 companies in the wider ranging mobile network, including ZTE and Huawei. The association believes that 5G will make mobile even more important than it already is to consumers and industries like virtual and augmented reality.

The association and the two Chinese network equipment and handset suppliers are not the only ones who are predicting that VR and AR will take off in the future. Earlier this year analysts from Goldman Sachs predicted that the global VR and AR market will reach $80 billion by 2025. An estimated $45 billion in sales will be generated from hardware and $35 billion from software.

Proponents of 5G mobile technology believe that the new tech will deliver a more seamless virtual and augmented reality experience that simply cannot be provided today.

Mobile technology helps the U.K. government fight poverty

The government of the United Kingdom has partnered up with the GSMA to use tech to help.

The U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) has now funded a project that will be conducted by the GSM Association (GSMA), a mobile operator group, which will use mobile technology in order to help to combat poverty among people living in developing nations.

The purpose of the use of these mobile devices will be to help to enhance the quality of life in areas of extreme poverty.

The DFID will be funding the effort as the GSMA creates and implements mobile technology that will help to batter the response in catastrophes such as natural disasters. It is also meant to help to ensure that people have access to safe drinking water and that women will be able to have access to the use of financial services. This new partnership, says the U.K. government, will be important in overcoming extreme poverty as well as gender inequality. It is also meant to “promote decent work and economic growth, innovation and infrastructure.”

The United Kingdom has been battling extreme poverty for a decade and is now adding mobile technology to boost its effectiveness.

Mobile Technology - PovertyNick Hurd, the international development minister, explained that the United Kingdom has placed itself “at the forefront of bringing the battle against extreme poverty into the digital era,” over the last decade. He also went on to add that “With more people in developing countries using mobiles than ever before, this partnership with the GSMA and its members will increase access to banking services, especially for women, bring access to energy to many for the first time and even vital health information.”

The hope is that this opportunity for boosting the development of mobile tech in these areas will both change and save lives, while giving women the opportunity they need to take hold of their own potential. This will allow those economies to experience meaningful growth and will make it possible for Britain to establish trade with them.

Mobile technology provides an affordable way to bring communication and tools within reach of those who need it most.