Staff demonstrate a VR cycling system during a media tour of SmarTone 5G Lab at Sky 100 at the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong on May 1. Telecoms companies are betting on virtual and augmented reality to help recoup the costs of building 5G networks. Photo: SCMP/Sam Tsang Staff demonstrate a VR cycling system during a media tour of SmarTone 5G Lab at Sky 100 at the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong on May 1. Telecoms companies are betting on virtual and augmented reality to help recoup the costs of building 5G networks. Photo: SCMP/Sam Tsang
Staff demonstrate a VR cycling system during a media tour of SmarTone 5G Lab at Sky 100 at the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong on May 1. Telecoms companies are betting on virtual and augmented reality to help recoup the costs of building 5G networks. Photo: SCMP/Sam Tsang
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Telcos see ‘metaverse’ as killer 5G app to help recoup billions spent building next-gen networks

  • Telecoms companies in China, the US and South Korea see augmented reality and digital worlds as the key to making back money spent on superfast 5G networks
  • The ‘metaverse’ concept has inspired companies like Roblox, but there is no guarantee it will become the big revenue driver that telcos hope

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Staff demonstrate a VR cycling system during a media tour of SmarTone 5G Lab at Sky 100 at the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong on May 1. Telecoms companies are betting on virtual and augmented reality to help recoup the costs of building 5G networks. Photo: SCMP/Sam Tsang Staff demonstrate a VR cycling system during a media tour of SmarTone 5G Lab at Sky 100 at the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong on May 1. Telecoms companies are betting on virtual and augmented reality to help recoup the costs of building 5G networks. Photo: SCMP/Sam Tsang
Staff demonstrate a VR cycling system during a media tour of SmarTone 5G Lab at Sky 100 at the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong on May 1. Telecoms companies are betting on virtual and augmented reality to help recoup the costs of building 5G networks. Photo: SCMP/Sam Tsang
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