KT and Verizon demonstrates world’s first live hologram call on 5G network
South Korea’s No. 2 mobile carrier KT Corp and Verizon Communications today jointly demonstrated the world’s first hologram call on a fifth-generation network. KT’s head Hwang Chang-kyu and CEO of Verizon Lowell McAdam held a meeting in Seoul to discuss the broadening two-way cooperation to speed up the development of the 5G technology. The next 5G network aims to offer data transmission speeds about 100 times faster than the current fourth-generation system.
For South Korean mobile carrier KT, the demonstration call was significant as it was conducted on a mid-budget tablet PC. This paved the way to prove that 5G technology works only on high-end devices. Using a mid budget tablet PC, service will reach to millions of consumers in the near future. KT and Verizon also successfully demonstrated a real-time video call between South Korea and the United States that used hologram technology.
The two companies clinched an agreement to expand cooperation in the 5G technology area last year as commercialization of the 5G technology by 2019 cannot be achieved by a single corporation or a country. It is crucial for leading companies to cooperate in the global mobile ecosystem.