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Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, one of the major mobile service providers in Malaysia, recently collaborated with Malaysia Airports and Panorama Langkawi to showcase the country’s first ever real-time virtual tourism experience, powered by Digi 5G technology. The venue for the demonstration was organised at Langkawi International Airport (LGK).

Visitors to the launch enjoyed a 360 degree view of Gunung Machinchang, one of the island’s most popular mountains and tourist destinations, using a cable car gondola and a virtual reality (VR) experiential zone.

A camera that was installed at the Langkawi Skycab middle station enabled the event to be live streamed from 20 kilometres away.

The Digi 5G showcase, part of the 5G Demonstration Projects, have been made successful thanks to the tireless efforts of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to encourage, develop and organise 5G use cases in a live but controlled environment.

Digi’s CEO Albern Murty explained that the Langkawi 5G virtual tourism pilot is part of the telco’s objective in creating a 5G ecosystem with the support of its partners.

“We are excited at the possibilities of 5G bringing next-gen virtual tourism to many other local destinations and connect more people to experiences that matter most to them. In partnership with Malaysia Airports and Panorama, we are pleased to bring a piece of Langkawi’s heritage to tourists from the moment they arrive at the airport,” Murty said.

Panorama Langkawi acting COO Ir. Abu Hashim Abdul Rahman said, “We believe that 5G has the potential to deliver new and engaging digital activities that can improve tourist experiences and enhance the appeal of Langkawi and Malaysia in the eyes of foreign tourists.”