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Ofcom touts ‘real time video holograms’ as potential use for 5G

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The future 5G mobile data network could be used for real time holographic video chats, according to Ofcom.

The UK’s communications regulator has begun the consultation process (via Gigaom) over how a 6GHz radio spectrum could be used.

The high spectrum usage could bring 10-50 gigabits per second data speeds, according to Ofcom, and would be capable of supporting “very high demand users” in cities.

In calling on the mobile industry to offer their feedback and suggestions, Ofcom claimed 6GHz spectrum could potentially support “could support a variety of uses, ranging from financial trading and entertainment to gaming and holographic projections.”

Ofcom hopes to have the network up and running by 2020 and is taking a much more proactive approach than it did with 4G mobile networks to ensure that happens.

The UK lagged behind many other developed nations in terms of the arrival of 4G mobile speeds and the regulator seems determined not to make the same mistake.

Read more: 5G vs 4G: The future of mobile networks

Acting CEO Steve Unger, acting CEO of Ofcom said: “We want the UK to be a leader in the next generation of wireless communications. Working with industry, we want to lay the foundations for the UK’s next generation of wireless communications.

“5G must deliver a further step change in the capacity of wireless networks, over and above that currently being delivered by 4G. No network has infinite capacity, but we need to move closer to the ideal of there always being sufficient capacity to meet consumers’ needs”

Is real time holographic projection top of your wishlist for 5G? Let Ofcom know and let us know in the comments section below.

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