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Meta’s stated mission is to seamlessly connect disparate environments such as work, social media, and games to enable people to live and work effectively in the virtual space.

This will clearly have a significant and lasting impact on our networks. We’re not just talking about a need to be constantly connected, hassle free; we’re talking fully immersive content streamed seamlessly, in 4K and 8K, with low latency and minimal lag.

We will need to be able to move from one experience to another without being distracted by restarts, operating system or application load times, network congestion, or anything else that suggests we are not in a transparent virtual environment. .

Accomplishing all of this makes virtual life as difficult as traveling to Mars.

Yet it is possible to make the journey to our new virtual world without friction. We just need to make sure that we are putting in place the basic building blocks necessary for virtual life.

Starting today, we have the opportunity to make the metaverse livable and hospitable, a place where our virtual selves can thrive, not just survive.

Bandwidth is the key

We will need a lot of bandwidth to make this work on a large scale. Just as water is a building block of life, there is no way to operate in a metaverse without bandwidth. We need high performance connectivity that can support the various demands of the bandwidth-hungry applications in the metaverse.

This bandwidth must also be extended and affordable to better support our underserved and poorly connected communities. Visions of a virtual world are often centered on equal opportunities for everyone to create and explore. For this to happen inside the metaverse, we must first ensure a level playing field in the real world.

Low latency is as critical as air

Bandwidth is one thing, but if it takes the avatar we’re engaging with several seconds to respond – or worse – then meta-life suddenly becomes boring and inhospitable. We already find it frustrating to have lag when streaming live sports or online games, and it will only be exacerbated when we try to fully immerse ourselves in a virtual world.

Technologies such as advanced computing – which can reduce network latency and improve reliability – will become increasingly important in networks that require real-time responsiveness.

Virtual hardware: the metaverse infrastructure

We’ve all been there: the hardware breaks and we have to fix it. During this time, we must be able to survive without any functions that this computer hardware was exploiting. But that can’t happen in a Metaverse – or at least it shouldn’t, as we should have used virtualized functions for much of what the Metaverse needs.

Deploying infrastructure functions using concepts of virtual machines and containers where they, like applications, can be deployed across the network at scale and in real time will be critical. Traditional network functions such as routing and switching will need to be fully virtualized. They should be easily updated, upgraded, patched, and deployed.

Software intelligence: the mayor of the metaverse

We need the metaverse to be software defined to allow it to act quickly and transparently. It’s the equivalent of a government or local council capable of fixing our roads, removing waste and controlling traffic flows in real time. It usually happens today in real life without our knowing it, until it stops working and one wonders what happened.

Automation and AI, powered by programmable software capabilities, hold the key to accelerating the delivery of network deployments, making them more accessible and adaptive.

An adaptive virtual programmable network will be able to identify a fault and self-repair, without the need for a physical truck-roll. It can draw resources (compute, storage, bandwidth) from underutilized areas to speed up other parts of the metaverse seeing increased activity, and come back automatically when needed.

Over the next few years, we’ll be hearing a lot about the Metaverse, but not all innovation in use cases will happen without the required network innovations. An adaptive network that provides software-controlled, high-capacity, low-latency connectivity will form an even greater foundation for the future metaverse than it is for today’s cloud applications.

The building blocks are already there for the artist formerly known as Facebook to build a hospitable metaverse, and as these technologies continue to evolve – driven by a slight increase in innovation among tech developers looking to capitalize on on the emergence of the metaverse – Meta will have more people – build tools to work with.

Put simply, it is not easy to create a virtual universe, but it is certainly something that we can bring closer to reality through the right investments in network infrastructure and innovation.

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