In line with Saudi Vision 2030 and National Transformation Program 2020, Nokia has deployed its massive MIMO 5G technology using its AirScale platform in Hajj to apply VR technology.
The demonstration was in Mashaer are and the Holy Mosque area in Makkah. Essentially, the technology allows visitors to experience Hajj remotely as if they are present on site. As part of it, high-resolution 360-degree video feeds are transmitted to room-size displays enabling viewers to be immersed in the experience. Zain's 5G network is what is used to send the video feeds from cameras deployed in multiple locations to cover the whole event. This is done in real time, utilizing extreme mobile broadband capability for the content delivery and the low latency for the real-time camera control.
According to the CEO of Zain Saudi Arabia, Eng. Sultan Abdulaziz AlDeghaither, millions of people from around the world visit Hajj every year. This technology will allow them to have an immersive remote view of locations they have to visit and avoid crowds. The concerned authorities will be able to provide better security the pilgrims and the people of Saudi Arabia. Here further said that Zain is committed to bring innovative 5G use cases to the country and with its collaboration with Nokia, they will be able to develop innovative use cases to transform the way people live and work.
Ali Jitawi, head of the Zain customer business team at Nokia said “We are committed to supporting Zain Saudi in realizing the enormous potential of 5G. This virtual reality demo on its 5G live network is an important achievement in shaping the 5G use cases towards further contributing to National Transformation Plan 2020 and Saudi Vision 2030. The successful demo of this 5G-enabled use case is crucial and establishes that Zain’s network is now ready to provide innovative use cases which demand extremely low latency and ultra-high-speed.”