The upcoming major sports events will see a giant leap in advancement of some key technology realms, most notably in the areas of rirtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) and the internet of things (IoT) as implementation of 5G technologies have started.
was included in the 2018 interim Update of the 2017 Ericsson Mobility Report, a report which offers an overview of the latest mobile stats including current and forecast figures for mobile subscriptions and traffic around the world.
Augmented and virtual reality and mixed reality technologies have the potential to enhance remote spectators’ experience of events such as the upcoming 2018 international football tournament in Russia and the 2020 sports event in Tokyo, making them available in an on-demand service.
The report states that operators in 5G technologies are at various stages in terms of planning the type of 5G service which would be deployed at the upcoming major sports events i
Among other things, the availability of 5G devices in sufficient volumes and their form factors would be a significant impact on the types of applications and services that would be launched as well as number of usage by people.
It said also that bandwidth requirements are also expected to be significant to ensure consistent and secure streaming of high-resolution images, as well as large volumes of data in a sensor-rich environment with high-connection density.
As networks evolve further, there would be even more opportunities to enhance existing use cases, as well as to meet the demands of new ones when 5G technologies are implemented.
5G will be highly beneficial for industrial use where AR-based applications will require high data rates and low latency.
Based on current industry initiatives and ongoing 5G trials, it is highly likely that some of the anticipated services will include AR and VR-based applications for the manufacturing and marketing industries.
Augmented reality in maintenance and repair
Manufacturing industries with short business cycles and increasingly varied customer demands can now rely on digitalisation and globalisation to make the industry more competitive – requiring supply chains to be harnessed more efficiently as they become interconnected worldwide.
Unplanned interruptions in the manufacturing process also drive the increase of costs, leading to lower utilisation of machinery and product throughput, as well as extend times.
For example, maintenance planning, typically based on inadequate data and much time spent on information collection and documentation or on training repair crews to use complex and diverse machinery.
AR would be able to help address these challenges with the use of AR alongside applications supporting data analysis and diagnostics.
This will enable preventive and remote maintenance systems in the manufacturing industry.
These measures optimise the cost of operations, while also increasing uptime in the manufacturing process.
Depending on the specifics of the use case, AR support will be provided through a range of devices such as smartphones, tablets, smart helmets, smart gloves and smart glasses.
Repair crews could also be supported by augmented information such as operational guidance and automated processes which enable them to more easily carry out preventive and corrective maintenance with less time spent on fault identification and a reduction in human errors.
Mobile subscription in 2023
The report has also predicted a 9.1 billion mobile subscription by the end of 2023; a 20 per cent year-on-year increase of the 7.8 billion subscribers at the end of the third quarter of 2017.
One billion 5G subscriptions are also forecasted for enhanced mobile broadband with the Middle East and Africa region transforming from a situation where half of all mobile subscriptions are GSM/EDGE-only, to one where 90 per cent of 5G subscriptions are for mobile broadband.
The driving factors for this growth, according to the report, would be the growing population with increasing digital skills, as well as more affordable smartphones since the most common way to access the internet is over a mobile network.