Early 5G Advanced Discussions Point to a Better-Connected AR and VR Future

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By Eric Abbruzzese | 2Q 2022 | IN-6546


What is 5G Advanced?


5G Advanced is the branding for a collection of network enhancements planned for Release 18 from 3GPP. There have been three official “releases” since 5G launched, which brought the now well-known 5G capabilities into play like low latency and higher bandwidth. 5G Advanced promises increased download and upload speeds (50Gbps/10Gbps) as well, but that is perhaps the least interesting element of the release. Greater network coverage and ultra-low latency are highlights, but the list of planned enhancements is vast. Thanks to the focus areas of some of these improvements, especially improved low latency, Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) devices and services are in the spotlight.

Why it Matters


AR and VR has been grouped with 5G for years, as the understanding of AR/VR experiences has revolved around low latency content delivery and reliability. That is only part of the story, but AR/VR as connected devices requiring strong and reliable content delivery is a constant.

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