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Optus Combines VR and 5G For a Digital Meeting Room

You may not visit your workplace, but that does not mean you will not be attending meetings in an office room. The virtual meeting room is what the world needs right now, and you may be able to indulge in it through more than just Zoom or other similar technological forms.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and its global impact, the world is witnessing a work-from-home era. Today, most people call a kitchen table or a desk as their new working environment. Things are quite different today than before. You no longer need to board a train or bus in the morning, work in an office environment, and then leave for home. Now, it is all about waking up and sitting before a screen to work.

Endless Microsoft Teams, WebEx, Zoom, Google Meet, and other similar technological forms have replaced office meeting environments, and people are witnessing digital meeting sessions. Companies are trying very hard to conduct fruitful meetings, but owing to work-from-home, the whole concept of meetings has changed.

However, some firms are trying to change things, with their focus lying on virtual reality. The idea is quite simple: wear a headset and meet in the digital realm. Experience a virtual environment, where the meeting room and the home office collaborate and combine.

HTC has software for this, while Oculus’ Quest 2 headset is all set to roll out later this year. Telcos is also now actively involved in this field. After HTC, Oculus, and Telcos, Optus is the latest company to join this cause. The renowned firm is working with a VR headset, its 5G network, and technology solutions to develop a viable virtual meeting room.

The concept is not a lot different from that of Oculus and HTC. A combination of a virtualized office environment and the Optus 5G network allows colleagues to dorn a headset and join each other in a digital room, to go through the myriad files, work on a whiteboard, and stream videos while being nowhere near each other.

The digital meeting room with 5G in VR by Optus. Image: optus

Harvey Wright who heads 5G at Optus talked about this venture and said that it showcased the future prospect of remote meetings and also an advance on existing collaboration tools. He also commented on 5G and mentioned that its high bandwidth and fast speed build the ecosystem for heavy-size file sharing as well as high definition multi-streaming capacity devoid of the painful wait during the download process. The ability to share several presentations and videos in real-time develops an office-like environment.

The idea shows how high-speed networks can be best utilized with the right technology. While the former provides faster internet speed, the other VR companies’ virtual office environment ideas have not considered 5G as a requirement. They look to work with the present broadband technologies. For Optus, it is an instance of what the technology can achieve, displaying what a digital world and fast speeds can do in this new work-from-home era, the world is still struggling to deal with.

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