Amsterdam, Netherlands – October 22nd, 2018 – TPCAST, the leader in wireless Virtual Reality (VR) and the first-to-market with a wireless VR solution for Head-Mounted Displays (HMD), and Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, will cooperate on exploring a cloud-based VR project in the Middle East. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at Huawei’s 5G Ecosystem Conference during Huawei Innovation day on 15 October 2018, at the region’s largest technology exhibition, GITEX, in Dubai.
The collaboration will be enabled by the emerging 5G broadband digital ecosystem. Huawei is a pioneer in the emerging technology that will provide users with multiple gigabit speeds within homes, offices and public spaces. Faster Internet speeds will enhance gaming and video streaming capabilities. Consumers will have easier access to smart technologies driven by the Internet of Things. Networks will have a far lower latency, allowing for deeper smartphone penetration.
As part of the collaboration, Huawei will provide its Cloud video and VR platform which allows video content to be accessed, managed, and operated efficiently, along with high specification Set-Top-Boxes (STB). TPCAST will provide RTCODEC, which is an ultra-low latency codec, RTCIP, which is a VR feedback control protocol as well as multi-user wireless VR central management. Both parties will share their global and local ecosystem partner resources to open market exploration in Middle East.
Globally, Huawei was first to unveil a full range of end-to-end 3GPP-compliant 5G product solutions, covering the core network, bearer network, base station and terminals, and the world’s first 5G chipset. The company’s research and development into 5G technology falls within its corporate social responsibility ethos to bring digital to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected and intelligent world.
“Within the 5G platform, the Huawei-TPCAST collaboration will also broaden the opportunities within both VR and augmented reality (AR),” said Reiner Pes, General Manager - EMEA, TPCAST. “Our codec technologies will be a key factor for both accelerating the development and launching these opportunities to the market.”
Mr. Wang Su, Vice President of Marketing Huawei Middle East added, “This collaboration with TPCAST will help us to support the introduction of 5G-based cloud VR use case to the market. Huawei, through establishing the Middle East 5G ecosystem program, provides the cloud-based use case development platform, and supports the integration and verification of 5G use cases. Huawei’s E2E 5G low latency solution and TPCAST’s codec technology will together offer an enhanced experience of VR services. This partnership will promote organizations in the region to seize these new opportunities for growth.”
Within the theme, ‘5G is Now, Sailing to New eMBB Horizons’, this year’s 5G Ecosystem Conference focused on how 5G will reshape the Middle East’s digital ecosystem.
Creator of the first commercial wireless virtual reality solution, TPCAST’s vision is to unleash the VR world by wireless connections to all VR/AR/MR HMDs. The company’s patent-pending technologies enable highly efficient bi-directional communications between the PC and the VR HMD with near zero latency. The company owns intellectual property rights in the fields of wireless communications and virtual reality. TPCAST is dedicated to working with all parties in the VR industry including HMD manufacturers, game developers, content providers, GPU manufacturers, and key VR technology providers to deliver the best wireless VR experience to consumers and enterprise users.