Ericsson: 5G Tech a Gateway to the Metaverse

The Swedish telecom hardware and service provider Ericsson has connected the use of metaverse platforms and emerging technologies like 5G. A survey found that customers with 5G internet connections spend more time in extended reality and metaverse apps and anticipate that these will move to headsets in the next two years.

Ericsson Study Reveals 5G Is a Metaverse Enabler

The Swedish telecom firm Ericsson has published a study on the impact of advanced data transmission technologies, such as 5G, on adopting the metaverse and extended reality technology. The study polled 49,000 consumers in 37 countries and is considered to be indicative of the views of 1.7 billion people globally. It contains monitoring data from Ericsson as of 2019.

Users of 5G are more interested in immersive technology than their 4G counterparts, according to survey data. Compared to 4G users, 5G users spend an hour more per week on platforms and services related to the metaverse. The use of the metaverse is anticipated to increase in line with the estimated reach of 5G technology, which is anticipated to reach 510 million customers this year.

Six out of ten 5G users globally think that this technology is “necessary” for the metaverse to materialize to its full potential. According to the study, carriers can gain by bundling their metaverse applications with 5G plans. Spanish carrier Telefonica and Japanese carrier NTT Docomo are already making preparations to provide users with metaverse experiences in the future.

Metaverse Expected to Migrate

According to the report, 5G data consumers agree on one thing: The metaverse will unquestionably move to other, more immersive platforms in the future. According to the survey, half of the current users of the metaverse and extended reality apps for 5G networks anticipate that these services will move to XR (comprehensive reality) headsets over the next two years.

The results of the survey were surprising for the company. About this, Jasmeet Singh Sethi, head of Ericsson consumer lab, stated:

It is interesting to note that 5G is emerging as an important enabler for early adopters to embrace metaverse-related services, such as socializing, playing, and buying digital items in interactive 3D virtual gaming platforms. The amount of time spent on augmented reality apps by 5G users has also doubled over the past two years.

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