Beeline and Huawei Conduct the First 5G Holographic Call in Russia
VimpelCom (Beeline brand) and Huawei held a demonstration showcasing the latest 5G mobile connection technologies. The Moscow Museum exhibition hall was used as the demonstration zone and the dialogue between the speakers was conducted using a hologram, a digitized image transmitted through Mixed Reality glasses (MR).
Holographic communication technology requires high bandwidth and low latency, which will only be made possible by the mass deployment of 5G networks. During the demonstration, the companies used frequencies between 26,600–27,200 MHz that had been temporarily allocated to Beeline. This spectrum range is within the 3GPP standardized band n258.
A commercially available Huawei 5G base station, the gNodeB, was used to make the holographic call. Beeline and Huawei also demonstrated a practical 5G virtual reality (VR) use case using an online broadcast from a 360-degree camera housed in a VR helmet.
The technology can potentially be used to enhance user experience in terms of remote travel. For example, Beeline customers can visit an operator's shop, acquire a tariff plan, or buy a smartphone, while physically located in the comfort of their own home.
"We wish to offer our subscribers an understanding of how technologies can become an integral part of their daily lives, and how they can simplify and improve their user experience. That is why it is growing increasingly important for Beeline to test real business use cases and explore the potential client capabilities of fifth-generation mobile technologies," said Vasyl Latsanych, CEO of PJSC VimpelCom.
"This May, Beeline and Huawei signed an agreement to pursue the joint development of 5G in Russia. Our cooperation has been extremely productive, which today's demonstration has quite clearly shown. We will continue working together to bring the implementation of a new communication standard closer to becoming a worldwide phenomenon and speed up the process of creating new technologies and services based on this standard," said Aiden Wu, CEO of Huawei in Russia.