Over 50 operators, including Vodafone, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, AT&T and Telefonica, take part in the Livecast to discuss the latest trends in the field of mobile data
REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA – April 12, 2019 – When cellular operators deploy 5G networks, it is important that they prepare for the disruptive effects of cloud gaming. According to the executives of cellular operators participating in Openwave Mobility Mobile Video Industry Council (MOVIC) Livecast most operators believe that cloud gaming could account for 25 to 50% of 5G traffic by 2022 based on the rapid development of cloud gaming services in recent months. This was one of the key results of the online event that took place yesterday with over 50 participants such as Vodafone, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, AT&T and Telefonica. Analysts from Analysys Mason, Strategy Analytics and ABI Research also contributed their own research to the event.
5G networks will support cloud game streaming so consumers can play digital games on their phones without having to own or install a copy of the game. These subscription-based services give consumers access to a high-end gaming experience without the need for additional hardware.
“The recent development of cloud gaming platforms such as Google Stadia, Apple Arcade, Microsoft xCloud and Snap Games has caught the attention of the operator community,” said John Giere, President and CEO of Openwave Mobility. “Over-the-top (OTT) gamers have ambitious plans to become the ‘Netflix for Games,’ which hosts libraries of thousands of out-of-the-box games that will eventually consume three to four times as much bandwidth on 5G networks as they do compared to standard definition video traffic. This will of course have an impact on the data strategies of the mobile phone providers. “
Giere concluded: “While the introduction of 5G networks is still in its infancy, OTTs are already planning augmented, virtual and mixed reality services in addition to cloud gaming. Combined with the expected continued growth in streaming video, these services will quickly eat up the additional bandwidths of 5G. “
MOVIC was established as a forum for mobile operator staff to share data, best practices and strategies with their peers regarding the growth of mobile video and other emerging forms of mobile data traffic. The events have attracted senior technical and business executives from many of the world’s largest wireless operators. The next MOVIC meeting will follow in autumn 2019.
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