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Meta Warns Metaverse Can’t be Sustained by Current Networks

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The virtual world can’t exist without stronger internet.

The entire point of the Metaverse, at least as we’ve been led to understand it, is that it’s supposed to be a big, seamless virtual world, one that you can immediately connect to and utilize with the same consistency with which you interact with real life. It’s a neat idea, but the problem is that current internet networks, while certainly stronger than they were a decade ago or so, are nowhere near powerful, fast, or widespread enough to facilitate the existence of such a world.

“We’re working closely with our colleagues to think about what’s the next step in terms of innovation,” Dan Rabinovitsj, VP of connectivity at Meta, told CNBC at the Mobile World Congress event this week.

“If you really look at the pace of innovation in the telecom world, compared to other markets, it’s been harder to go faster in this space,” Rabinovitsj said. “One of the things that we’ve tried to change is that trajectory of innovation.”

In a separate statement, Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted similar problems, saying that “creating a true sense of presence in virtual worlds delivered to smart glasses and VR headsets will require massive advances in connectivity.”

Meta is currently looking to foster relationships with telecommunications companies and mobile carriers to facilitate the development of faster, better internet, which in turn would allow them to expedite the development of the hardware and software needed to make the Metaverse a reality.