Yesterday, Verizon (News - Alert) and Korean Telecom partnered to demonstrate the world’s first hologram call. Korean Telecom CEO Hwang Chang-gyu used the hologram phone to call Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam (News - Alert). The former was in Seoul, South Korea, while the latter was at Verizon headquarters in New Jersey. However, thanks to the hologram technology, each appeared to be in the room with their fellow conversant.
This call was only made possible through the use of 5G cellular technologies. These networks are estimated to be anywhere from 10 to 100 times faster than the current 4G LTE (News - Alert), which is the type of data transfer speed that in necessary to conduct a hologram call. Though the networks are not widely spread and available for commercial use yet, telecommunications providers are already in the process of building and deploying these networks on a smaller scale.
Spokespeople from Korean Telecom believe that hologram calls would be the largest benefit seen from the implementation of 5G networks. Once these networks become commercially available, people all over the world will be able to have conversations using this technology to appear as if they are right in the room. This is an exciting potential application of faster and more reliable network fees.
Verizon and Korean Telecom will likely continue to work together to fine tune and improve the hologram call technology. “The collaboration under the current partnership of Verizon and KT (News - Alert) has been very productive as shown by the demos we have seen today,” said McAdam. “We will continue to work together to lead the global 5G business by developing innovative technologies and services.”
Finally, it seems as though the futuristic technologies made popular in science fiction movies from the ‘70s and ‘80s will not only be available, but also a reasonable thing to apply to the business world. Holograms allow for virtual meetings to be much more effective as they create a more personal environment, allowing for fewer misunderstandings between conversants and a more effective meeting space. As 5G becomes a more prevalent technology, look for new developments such as this to continue to be showcased.