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BT has joined forces with Nokia to explore how 5G technology can be incorporated into Virtual Reality (VR) services.

According to Howard Watson, Chief Executive of BT Technology, Service and Operations, 5G and VR are both technologies "with enormous potential".

As a result, he is confident this "exciting" joint research with Nokia will showcase "how they can work together to provide a transformative experience for our customers in the future".

"Drawing on the high bandwidths and low latencies of 5G will allow us to go beyond the already compelling VR experiences that are possible over 4G, and cater for more interactive future VR content which will place people right at the heart of the action," Mr Watson commented.

BT and Nokia will demonstrate how 5G-type technologies can be used to transmit high-quality VR footage at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.

Visitors can head to Nokia's stand to use VR headsets showing a replay of a Uefa Europa League match between Tottenham Hotspur and CSK Moscow from early December.

The game was filmed on a VR camera that allows people viewing the footage on headsets to feel as if they are seated within the stadium in a virtual VIP box.

According to BT, this gives them "the best view in the house" and an "unmatched viewpoint to watch everything from the best goals and tightest of corners to the referee’s decisions". 

Harold Graham, Head of the 5G Business Line in Mobile Networks at Nokia, added that his organisation is excited to be showcasing the "true potential of 5G, both on the network side but also in innovative new use cases". 

"Virtual Reality, in particular, has enormous potential, both for entertainment as well as other applications, so our demo with BT in Barcelona is a compelling way to create both excitement and understanding of that potential," he said.

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