Hrvatski Telekom, the leading provider of digital services in Croatia, organized the first metaverse event - which took place entirely in a virtual space where the infrastructure of the future was presented.
The metaverse is an evolved version of the internet, a vast interoperable network of virtualized 3D worlds that many connected people can experience in real-time. One of the key features of the metaverse is an optimized personal experience. It is potentially the next big era of computing in which the physical world will literally connect with the virtual, with great potential to revolutionize virtually every industry and service, from healthcare, education, manufacturing, finance/payments, eCommerce, entertainment, and automotive to energy, architecture, buildings… Due to high technological requirements, the metaverse's evolution from the early to the mature phase is yet to come in the coming years, with modern companies already very involved, and the fundamental basis for the realization of ideas is infrastructure - 5G, WiFi 6, 6G networks, cloud.
HT has already tested 5G + in a live network at 26GHz, a technology that enables multi-gigabit speeds of up to 4 Gbprs and response below ten milliseconds, which are essential for the development of the metaverse and the creation of a whole new ecosystem.
Hrvatski Telekom is the largest investor in the fiber network - it already has the infrastructure that covers the distance from the Earth to the Moon and back because the total length of HT's fiber cables is 768 thousand kilometers. During the past year, the average speed of fiber-optics has increased by 200 percent. The fiber-optic network developed by Hrvatski Telekom can support much higher speeds than today, which was confirmed by the recent test of HT 25G PON technology in which the measured speed exceeded 20 Gbprs.
At the first such event in Croatia, a metaverse was created consisting of several worlds and environments within which journalists passed through their specially designed avatars. In each, they got acquainted with some of the possibilities, from watching TV and shopping to learning, giving presentations and interactive meetings, to enjoying in entertainment or relaxing on the virtual beach.
Hrvatski Telekom's Management Board member and CTIO Boris Drilo took the journalists through the virtual world and introduced them to the advantages of the metaverse and pointed out: "Metaverse is a 3D digital disruptive technological concept set to have a significant role in the coming years in the transformation of education, work, entertainment, and socialization. The use of new digital and digitally supplemented environments becomes possible using fiber-optic networks of high symmetric transmission rates and low latencies. HT's fiber network already reaches half a million households across Croatia, enabling our customers to enter metaverse worlds as we did today at the first Meta-presser in Croatia."
Deutsche Telekom has already entered the metaverse and launched the Beatland virtual club experience on the online platform Roblox. It has already recorded more than 3.2 million visits, with more than 600,000 transactions recorded in the first two days alone. Deutsche Telekom has thus become the first telco to create a metaverse experience on Roblox.
The first metaverse event in Croatia thus showed the unimaginable possibilities of virtual worlds, presenting the metaverse as a potentially functional successor to the web. With this, Hrvatski Telekom has once again confirmed itself as an industry leader in this area as well.