The Swedish telecom hardware and service provider Ericsson has made a connection between the use of the metaverse platform and emerging technologies with 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.
5G will enable Metaverse
The Swedish telecom firm Ericsson has published a study on the effects that advanced data transmission technologies, such as 5G, have on the adoption of the metaverse and extended reality technology.
The study, which incorporates tracking data from Ericsson starting in 2019, polled 49,000 consumers in 37 countries, and it claims to be reflective of the views of 1.7 billion users worldwide.
Data from the survey showed that 5G consumers are more interested in immersive technology than their 4G counterparts. In comparison to 4G users, 5G users already spend hours more per week on platforms and services related to the metaverse.
The survey also states that 510 million users are anticipated to have access to 5G technology this year, meaning that the adoption of the metaverse will likely increase in tandem.
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 own metaverse applications with 5G plans.
Spanish carried Telefonica and Japanese carrier NTT Docomo are already making preparation to be able to provide users with a metaverse experience in the future.
According to the study, 5G data users do 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 (extended reality) headsets over the next two years.
For the company, the survey’s findings were unexpected, Head of Ericsson’s consumerism Jasmeet Singh Sethi said the following about this:
“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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