At Igloo we’ve always been eager to explore what new technology can bring to Shared VR. And, in mid-2019, we worked with Telstra, Magna Systems and Summit Tech Multimedia Communications to see what happens when you combine 5G with Shared VR.

The focus was Telstra Vantage, the annual showcase event created by Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company. And, using Telstra’s new 5G network we successfully live-streamed interactive 8K 360° content from the Gold Coast into a 6-metre Igloo cylinder on the show floor in Melbourne.

The 5G network allowed for real-time, low-latency streaming. Despite the massive amounts of data being transmitted, the stream was delayed by less than two seconds on its 1,700km journey between the sites. And, on top of all that, it was possible to include interactive features such as picture-in-picture video calling.

The whole project was a true success in international collaboration (for example, technologists from both our Toronto and Melbourne offices helped develop the solution). And it highlighted the huge potential for 5G and the impact this technology is going to have across industries.