South Korea’s third-largest mobile operator, LG Uplus, said on Tuesday it had formed an alliance with a number of telecom operators, content developers and U.S. chip supplier Tongtong to develop 5G-based augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) content to boost the emerging industry, Yonhap reported.
The new Global XR Content Telco Alliance will work together to develop 5G-based Extended Reality (XR) content covering all immersive content, including AR and VR, according to a statement from LG U-plus.
The alliance, which includes Japan’s KDDI, China Telecom, Bell Canada and Highcom, will be led by LG U-plus at its inception. Global VR developers such as Felix and Paul Studios in Canada and Atlas V in France will also join the alliance as content partners.
This cross-border alliance will develop XR content based on Highcom’s platform, which uses high-speed 5G networks to ensure higher immersive quality.
The group said it would work with NASA to release a VR series on the International Space Station in November, which will be filmed in space and features spacewalks.
LG U-plus added that the company plans to produce more immersive content, such as concerts and documentaries about athletes.
It is reported that LG U-plus is currently focused on strengthening its AR and VR business with global partners. Last month, the mobile operator unveiled a 5G-based AR glasses device with Chinese mixed reality developer Nreal, and has been working with Google on AR and VR content since last year.