TIP (Telecom Infra Project) has established a new project group that addresses one of the central topics in today’s telecommunications industry, metaverse-ready networks. The metaverse aims to transform how people interact by delivering immersive experiences that will require better network performance, for both fixed and mobile networks.
According to TIP – a global community of companies and organisations working together to accelerate the development and deployment of open, disaggregated, and standards-based technology solutions that deliver the high-quality connectivity – for connectivity and technology service providers, as well as the broader industry, the metaverse will create opportunities to deliver new experiences spanning all sectors including education, healthcare, remote work, and more. As these use cases begin to emerge, network performance and functionality needs to evolve. As they evolve over the next decade, future immersive services will require more network capabilities to support greater agility, programmability, performance and reliability.
The TIP Metaverse-Ready Networks Project Group’s (MRN) primary objective is to accelerate the development of solutions and architectures that enhance network readiness to support metaverse experiences. Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Sparkle, T-Mobile and Telefónica will be the initial co-chairs of the Project Group.
Working in close collaboration, the Project Group will aim to align on industry-wide network capabilities, specific APIs and mechanisms required to access end-to-end (E2E) network capabilities supporting immersive applications at scale. The group will define requirements and methods for measuring E2E Quality of Experience (QoE) and provide a prioritisation of future network architectures needed to achieve metaverse readiness.