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Vodafone demos live VR in Spain

Vodafone España has said it can now deliver virtual reality experiences to 4G mobile users in close to real-time without a significant delay through the use of Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technology.

Vodafone said it was using MEC technology in conjunction with Huawei’s Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), one of the technologies that will go towards future 5G platforms.

Vodafone demonstrated its real-time VR delivery by transmitting a version of its Yu programme to VR headsets and tablets, enabling users to view content in 360° live as it was being recorded in the VR studio.

Vodafone said the use of MEC meant that it could deliver the content in high-quality with minimal latency.

According to the operator, the use of MEC technology could open up a host of applications, including VR, AR and gaming.

Yu is Vodafone’s YouTube network, which offers a range of content targeted at young people. For the purposes of the VR demo, Vodafone transmitted an edition of daily infotainment show Yu No Pierdas Nada in 360°.