China Unicom, Baicells develop MEC VR solutions for 5G

mobile-edge-computing-vr-platformChina Unicom and Baicells announce Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Virtual Reality (VR) Solutions for 5G on Artesyn MaxCore Platform

Artesyn Embedded Technologies will offer its MaxCore platform to China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute and Baicells.

This will be deployed for a new mobile edge computing (MEC) virtual reality (VR) live video solution using drone technology for 5G networks.

China Unicom and Baicells have combined the research and development solution for a video collage algorithm, a video transmission protocol, an MEC architecture, and an LTE/5G data channel quality of service (QoS) guarantee mechanism.

The panoramic video collage algorithm and transmission protocol claim to offer seamless panoramic VR video.

The MEC architecture will offer processing technology closer to the user for low latency.

The combined with LTE/5G transmission will provide fluent, interference-free, high-speed transmission of the video data, added the report.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone in the demonstration features 360 degree panoramic high-definition cameras in which the user can enter the panoramic video to achieve live VR experience.

The technology will be provided via an MEC architecture gateway powered by the Artesyn MaxCore acceleration platform.

The latter is a specialized hardware and software platform optimized for mobile edge computing.

“MEC provides a distributed computing environment for application and service hosting, bringing cloud technologies closer to the radio access network (RAN) and ultimately, closer to consumers. Carriers are telling us that for these applications they need telco-grade features, which is Artesyn’s expertise,” conveyed Linsey Miller, marketing vice president, Artesyn Embedded Technologies.

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China Unicom reported last week that its net mobile subscribers at the end of September stood at 262.074 million, with 88.906 million 4G subscribers, and 75.05 million fixed-line broadband subscribers.

China Unicom plans to save RMB59.9B, as a result of a 44 percent capex cut in 2016, revealed earlier reports.

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