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The Vodafone network demonstrated they are “ready” to trial super-fast 5G networks prior to launching in 5 cities later this year by conducting a live holographic call. This was achieved by beaming England captain Steph Houghton MBE from Manchester to Newbury in stunning 3D. Steph was able to interact with Vodafone’s Anne Sheehan and 11-year-old Man City fan Iris, despite being 190 miles apart.

By combining their technology with the Musion 3D filming processes and holographic Eyeliner™  display, this incredible holographic effect gave the impression that they were in the same room, requiring super-fast network speeds. The Musion Eyeliner™ display was the perfect platform to showcase the capabilities of 5G.

Steph Houghton commented: “As a player, one of the most exciting benefits of 5G is the ability to bring us closer to our fans no matter where they are, allowing us to interact with them remotely in real-time. When I’m playing abroad with Manchester City and England, this technology will also make it even easier to stay connected with everyone back home. To communicate in 3D, in real-time with no delay or interruption is an unbelievable experience.”

Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK chief executive said: “Vodafone has a history of firsts in UK telecoms – we made the nations first mobile call, sent the first text and now we conducted UK’s first holographic call using 5G.”