Nokia, TPG Telecom, and MediaTek Unveil Metaverse Experience Powered by 5G Uplink Carrier Aggregation

Nokia, TPG Telecom, and MediaTek have unveiled an immersive glimpse into the future of the Metaverse through a live 360-degree video broadcast.
TPG Telecom customersThis revolutionary experience, made possible by Nokia’s cutting-edge 5G Uplink Carrier Aggregation (CA) technology, TPG Telecom’s commercial 5G network, and MediaTek’s 5G mobile chipset technology, redefines the potential of content streaming and interactivity. The awe-inspiring demonstration took place at Nokia’s 5G Futures Lab in Sydney, Australia.

Nokia’s innovative CA technology amalgamates multiple sub-6 GHz frequency bands, resulting in optimized 5G uplink speeds that facilitate real-time transmission of high-quality 360-degree video. The live demo harnessed solutions from Nokia’s energy-efficient AirScale portfolio, incorporating baseband, massive MIMO, and Remote Radio Head products powered by the groundbreaking ReefShark chipset.

MediaTek, on the other hand, contributed its 5G mobile platform featuring the MediaTek M80 5G modem integrated into the Dimensity SoC series. The showcase utilized a unique combination of a 15 MHz carrier on the 700 MHz band (n28) and a 90 MHz carrier on the 3.6 GHz band (n78) using Uplink Carrier Aggregation technology, culminating in a remarkable peak uplink throughput of 159 Mbps.

Leslie Shannon, Nokia’s Head of Trend and Innovation Scouting, has underscored the pivotal role of 360-degree video livestreaming via 5G in Industrial Metaverse scenarios. This capability enables workers to engage in remote operations, such as controlling robots performing hazardous tasks in distant locations, all viewed through virtual reality headsets.

A study titled “The metaverse at work” revealed that an overwhelming 96 percent of respondents recognized the potential of the industrial metaverse to merge physical and virtual applications. Respondents believe that the metaverse will introduce innovative capabilities, expediting the deployment, adoption, and monetization of Industry 4.0 concepts for businesses.

David Yeo, General Manager of Wireless Access Networks at TPG Telecom, expressed excitement about the immersive capabilities demonstrated, highlighting the potential benefits for both consumers and businesses. He expressed anticipation for further collaborations with Nokia and MediaTek to unlock a new realm of content and opportunities for their customers.

Andrew Cope, Head of Oceania at Nokia, emphasized the importance of the collaboration, stating that the 360-degree video streaming showcased a critical building block of the Metaverse’s evolution. He praised the transformative potential of Nokia’s 5G Uplink Carrier Aggregation technology in driving industrial digitalization to unprecedented heights.

HC Hwang, General Manager of Wireless Communication System and Partnerships at MediaTek, celebrated the versatility of the MediaTek M80 5G modem, which played a pivotal role in enabling the 360-degree video broadcasting. He highlighted the practical applications of Uplink Carrier Aggregation and reaffirmed MediaTek’s commitment to enhancing 5G capacity and performance for a wide array of consumer devices.