Vodafone has conducted the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G technology which will enable applications as diverse as remote robotic surgery and 4K gaming on the move.
The call from Vodafone’s Manchester office featured England and Manchester City Women’s Football Captain, Steph Houghton MBE. Using 5G technology, Steph appeared as a live 3D hologram on stage in front of an audience at Vodafone’s UK headquarters in Newbury. The exchange demonstrated the exciting possibilities that new technology can bring to sport, including remote coaching and training, as well as the opportunity to bring sports fans closer to their idols.
Vodafone UK also announced that Cornwall and the Lake District will receive 5G during 2019, and that the company will have 1,000 5G sites by 2020.
Vodafone UK Chief Executive Nick Jeffery said, “Vodafone has a history of firsts in UK telecoms – we made the nation’s first mobile phone call, sent the first text and now we’ve conducted the UK’s first holographic call using 5G. We also lead the industry in Internet of Things (IoT) technology, with the world’s largest dedicated global IoT network.”
“The initiatives we’ve launched are designed to ensure that everyone can benefit from the digital technologies transforming how we live and work. From our customers and employees, to university students, digital entrepreneurs and businesses, we want to help people across the UK get ready for a digital future,” added Jeffery.