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Airtel to use 5G to tap opportunities in metaverse

Bharti Airtel, India’s second largest telecom operator is preparing to tap in metaverse opportunity with its upcoming 5G network and said that it will get into “deeper” partnerships with content providers and over-the-top players to enable several use case

“5G will be enabling the metaverse, which requires a lot of data. Metaverse will need much higher speeds and need to be closer to the edge content. Telcos will play a major role. It could be used for sports events, gaming or even business meetings”, Randeep Sekhon, chief technology officer at Bharti Airtel told ET.

“The moment we go to immersive and interactive use cases, we will need an edge data center play. There are data centers which are centralised. The heavy content which needs to respond quickly will be on the edge. Metaverse will take a lot of processing which will be done at the edge and not on consumer devices. That’s the only domain where telcos will have to play because nobody else can’t build so many edge data centers, which we already have,” Sekhon further explained.

The metaverse is being considered in future iterations of internet a big player like airtel entering the metaverse market will definitely will give boost to NFTs and crypto industry.There is huge market to cater in India, hopefully this could be the first stepping stone.

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Written By- Shriyansh Jain

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