5G as an opportunity for cloud gaming, new achievements of artificial intelligence and…

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5G as an opportunity for cloud gaming, new achievements of artificial intelligence and re-orientation of IT companies

ICT.Moscow’s weekly news digest

During self-isolation, the only thing left from sports is online platforms, cloud gaming and e-sports. Domestic cloud gaming services have already experienced an increase in the number of players and revenues after many employees started to work remotely. In March there was a 1.5-fold increase in the number of new players of Playkey in Russia, and the number of active clients of Loudplay in the same month grew by 85% compared to January.

In this regard, the issue of comfortable cloud gaming, that requires high data transmission rate and low latency, is becoming more urgent. 5G comprises all these features. We asked experts and market participants how 5G will change cloud gaming and e-sports industry.

Andrey Grachev from Megafon claims that cloud gaming, as well as other cloud services, shows that it is possible to eliminate considerable equipment expenses by subscribing to the service.

“If we consider consumer preferences, 5G development will coincide with the dominance of the so-called rental economy (rent — don’t buy). Subscribers practically do not buy movies or music forever, they prefer to subscribe to streaming services. In the same manner as with cloud gaming, it is possible to provide access to costly dedicated software, such as AutoCAD, 3D animation software, etc. on a subscription basis”.

Andrey Grachev, Director for strategic planning of infrastructure at Megafon

At the same time, market participants consider 5G one of the main accelerators of cloud gaming development, which makes e-sports a mass sport and also entertaining to watch. It can be achieved by eliminating losses in quality of mobile games, says Yaroslav Meshalkin, Chief Strategic Communications Officer at ESforce Holding. Also, if 5G can provide a high level of communication for such a mass-scale industry as esports, this experience can be used in other spheres, most industry representatives claim.

“These opportunities can be used in any industry, where high speed rates and low latency are important: in telemedicine, remotely piloted transport, VR technologies and industrial automation”.

Alexey Dmitriev, Deputy CTO at Tele2

Read more about the ways in which 5G will change cloud gaming industry in the new issue of the “Business and 5G” newsletter available on ICT.Moscow website.

AI in practice

On July 1 the experiment with Ai will start in Moscow. On April 24 Vladimir Putin signed the relevant legislation. As expected, test period will last for 5 years, during this time legal entities and individual entrepreneurs listed on the respective experimental regime register will be able to test artificial intelligence technologies.

Federal Service for Supervision of Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor) registered clinical decision support and predictive analytics system Webiomed. Now the system can be officially used in Russian hospitals and clinics. This is the first AI-based development of such kind approved for practical application in medical facilities.

Medsi clinics network (a part of AFK Sistema) together with Third Opinion launched an AI-based technology for monitoring patients. The system uses cameras and monitors physical activity of patients infected with COVID-19, controls the number of visits by medical workers to the patient and checks if the worker wears the right protection outerwear. The developer also expects that its new solutions for fighting COVID-19 will be implemented in the second quarter of 2020. This will be a module that identifies signs of pneumonia and an automatic blood analyser.

Another AI platform, Botkin.AI, that identifies and marks pneumonia signs in lung scans, will get support from Mail.ru Cloud Solutions in integration in medical facilities. They will be able to use the system free of charge.

Business adapting to change

According to Boris Dobrodeev, CEO of Mail.ru Group, the current situation can accelerate digital evolution. Renat Batyrov from Skolkovo thinks that the future belongs to the companies that will be able to adapt to new crisis conditions.

“According to scientists, a person needs to keep doing something for 21 days to form a habit. Quarantine will definitely be longer than that, so updating of some consumption habits is inevitable, and the startups that will fit into them will become super successful after the quarantine ends”.

Renat Batyrov, CEO of Technopark Skolkovo

Some companies of the Moscow market have already started to look for new niches for developing business. Briskly, development service for contactless payment of goods, together with food stores started to open micro markets in entrance halls of apartment buildings. Skillaz, which is developing a recruitment system, is also adapting to new conditions. It has already launched a product for anti-crisis staff recruitment. Larger companies, such as carsharing services, became engaged in delivery. Delimobil started to offer its cars and drivers to business for delivering orders from shops. YouDrive carsharing service (a part of the joint venture of Sberbank and Mail.ru Group) also launched order delivery for individuals.

This week LETA Capital venture fund has presented a set of anti-crisis measures that will help startups find new opportunities for business development. Experts recommended the companies which have already experienced business slowdown to return technical debts to products, establish safety margins and prepare for pent up demand release.

Telecom news

The Ministry of Communications proposed to use the Unified Identification and Authentication System and the Unified Biometric System of Rostelecom for remote identification of mobile subscribers. According to experts, this will help operators to expand the network of SIM card kiosks (simkomats). Tele2 and Rostelecom think that the initiative will accelerate eSIM implementation, and Vimpelcom believes that different kinds of remote identification need to be developed.

In two years Rostelecom will have to buy the remaining 24.9% stakes in developers of mobile OS Aurora for not less than 606 mln rubles. In March 2018 the operator gained control over the OS after buying 75% stakes in Open Mobile Platform and Votron. According to the media, Rostelecom spent about 7 billion rubles for the development of Aurora, and since 2020 its annual costs are estimated at 2.3 billion rubles.

Federal operators — Rostelecom, MTS, Megafon, Vimpelcom, Tele2 and Er-Telecom, as well as several regional operators — Tattelecom, Vainah Telecom, were included on the list of strategic organizations in information and communications sector. There are 79 organizations on the list. The list also includes “Croc incorporated”, I-Teco, Lanit, BARS Group, Yandex, Mail.ru Group and Rambler Group.