Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, believes that the current infrastructure is not enough to cope with the growing needs of the Metaverse. It says 5G and 6G networks might be able to meet its demands.
Abhinav Purohit, Huawei’s Middle East region’s Chief Expert on Business and Strategy Consulting, in a blog post described the metaverse as a collective virtual shared space that will allow geographically distant users to enjoy realistic, spatially-aware experiences that seamlessly blend virtual content in a users’ physical world.
He said the notion of an open Metaverse is closely tied to the Web3 movement as inbuilt economies will be enabled by digital currencies and NFTs. To realize it, Purohit believes download speeds, streaming quality, mobile devices, and Metaverse hardware need rapid improvements to enable a smoothly operated virtual sphere. He explained that delivering a fully polished and immersive experience requires a host of tech advancements to take place. It requires hybrid local and remote real-time rendering, video compression, edge computing, and cross-layer visibility.
There is also a need to change cellular standards, network optimizations and improved latency between devices and mobile networks. The Huawei executive outlined that latency and quality of experience are the key issues holding back Metaverse networks. Purohit said large scale adoption of 5G networks will dramatically improve bandwidth while reducing network contention and latency, while 6G will increase speeds by yet another order of magnitude.