Technology has revolutionized connectivity through new trends such as virtual reality. From there, we pose a great challenge to stable and adequately support all this technology connected to the network, which can include videos in 360 degrees that allow us to observe and explore the content from different angles.
However, we must consider the impact of these technologies on vertical markets, providing substantial benefits to society. Virtual reality has the potential to revolutionize areas such as education and training methods in different industries.
Video games, travel, movies and discovery experiences are some of the current applications of content for virtual reality technologies that primarily focus on entertainment. Also, some of the challenges in which companies are working combine a sense of being present with the ability to interact with the environment and communicate through body language and voice.
From the technological perspective, there is a huge investment in these platforms by technology companies like Google and Facebook, reflecting the optimism that the leaders of the industry have in this emerging technology. It means that new content and services will be available very soon.
This is the case of other big companies like Disney, Which is currently working to obtain equipment that supports the creation of special content for a range of surrounding films. Likewise, YouTube has just expanded its video service with special live broadcasts.
But what are the impact and how should virtual reality work properly in wireless networks?
Networks must be much more programmable and intelligent. All the resources in the infrastructure need to be organized together to deliver the desired experience to the end user.
The network needs to be adaptable and configurable to the applications; it needs to know the moments in which the highs in the traffic will probably occur and be able to develop and reveal in real time the capacity and necessary connectivity.
The answer to the difficulty of the increase in the demand for the network is to turn around this complication and to evolve to what would be a network on demand. Connectivity, class, and quality of service need to become on-demand resources that can be tailored to the needs of the user.
When that underlying network is ready, we can test the increase in demand, and then the future of virtual reality will be promising. If we pay attention to what this represents for the network, we will realize that there is a lot of previous work to be able to incorporate this type of technology in productive environments.
The accelerated shift to more engaging content will revolutionize the network and be supported by technologies that are ready to be marketed to industry investors. One example is that Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise provides networking and communications services and enable users to transform their operations.
Not only do we need significantly faster connections, but a new fully programmable cloud architecture to handle huge capacity and low latency, with agility to instantly react to changing application needs. The new business models will be equally transcendental in an increasingly digital society.