The Metaverse is a hot topic right now, but what’s working behind the scenes to sustain it? How is the Metaverse going to be possible? With a new internet, built with different priorities.
Let’s think back to the beginning of the internet
. It began in the early 1970s as a way for the military to reliably share information between computers engaged in defense research scattered across the country. Since that time, consumer demands continue to grow, but the internet was never designed for real-time interactions. The next generation of real-time applications—and the Metaverse—require a network that prioritizes delivering data quickly.
If you aren’t using that purpose-built network, you won’t be part of the Metaverse. But, there is a solution. The world’s fastest, most stable, highly available and secure network is publicly available.
provides real-time application developers and companies with a Network-as-a-Service to operate, deploy, and scale their applications. We deliver real-time connectivity from anywhere to anywhere, and now, you can get enterprise-level connectivity anywhere in minutes, with no client-side installation required. Every millisecond counts when you don’t want to miss a nanosecond on the Metaverse.
What is the Metaverse?
The metaverse is a transformational platform that will likely bring as rapid a shift in business and entertainment as wide broadband access did in the 90s. It’s not only virtual reality; it’s shared, connected virtual worlds where real people work, socialize, play, and spend their hard-earned money.
Many scholarly and research-oriented efforts have sprung up to study the topic of what the Metaverse will look like, how it will come to life, and what types of technologies will power it.
Among the notable researchers and authors is Matthew Ball, the managing partner of EpyllionCo (an early-stage venture fund), and a venture partner at Makers Fund (a gaming venture fund). Ball is also the co-founder of Ball Metaverse Research Partners. Ball's interest in the metaverse is clear; he writes so often about it that he has collated his research papers into an index page on his site called The Metaverse Primer
- Persistence. The metaverse doesn’t turn off, pause, or end. It just exists indefinitely.
- Synchronicity. Just like a person might attend a concert in real life, recorded to be watched later, the metaverse is synchronous and live, in real-time. A person might attend a concert in the metaverse, and watch a recording later, too.
- Uncapped. An unlimited number of users can participate as individuals in the metaverse. Obviously, the ability to connect is crucial for the metaverse to thrive.
- Economic reality. The metaverse allows people, organizations, and businesses to create, own, sell, invest, and perform all of the other functions of a real economy.
- Digital and physical existence. The metaverse spans both the digital and physical worlds, and it includes public and private spaces, and open and closed platforms.
- Interoperability. A user can take items from one virtual world to another, give digital goods as gifts, or even design products virtually in one area, then take them to another.
- Collaboration. Content and experiences in the metaverse are created by contributors from big business, individuals, groups, and on and on. The metaverse includes input from a vast range of contributors from different places and different backgrounds.
Creating the Metaverse
Many commercial organizations, individuals, and groups are creating the Metaverse now
, including Meta, Microsoft, and Nvidia. Each of these companies has invested deeply in programs aimed at creating the metaverse.
Despite all of the different approaches, one thing is clear: there must be a new kind of internet. One of the most critical aspects of building the metaverse, or even a small section, is making sure a robust underlying network supports the work. Immersive, real-time apps need a reliable, consistent, speedy network.
At Subspace, we believe that the metaverse requires 100% uptime and the kind of latency that exists in real-world interactions (none). We also believe that the metaverse presents unimagined opportunities for economic growth, creative collaboration, human connections, and more. But to realize those lofty goals, a platform with high stability, low latency, and far-reaching coverage must be part of the foundation. Subspace can help power that future Metaverse and you must start now to ensure you don’t lag behind your competitors.
A New Kind of Internet
Until now, Subspace has worked exclusively with large companies on their particular network needs. But now, our newly released Network as a Service (NaaS) brings the capability of ubiquitous private networking to every application, developer, and internet user - expanding the possibilities for truly instant digital experiences that are required to power the Metaverse.
“For the past few years, our team at Subspace has been focused on building a network that accelerates games by reducing lag and increasing security. The public release of our dedicated network gives any developer or company the opportunity to accelerate their application on Subspace in minutes.”
Bayan Towfiq, Subspace CEO and Co-Founder
Over the past three years, Subspace has deployed custom hardware in hundreds of cities and from those locations, is using its proprietary AI software to “weather map” the internet. This gives Subspace the power to find the best paths - a combination of existing paths as well as Subspace’s proprietary fiber-optic backbone - and pull traffic through those paths. It is like a private carpool lane and GPS, but for dynamic internet traffic.
Learn More About our NaaS
With the communication problems heightened by the immediate needs of the COVID-19 pandemic, we accelerated our infrastructure build to make private network capabilities available to anyone with real-time computing and internet-based applications.
If you’ve ever been on a choppy Zoom call, sat on hold with a customer service agent only to not hear when you’re finally connected, or grown frustrated trying to share screens with distant co-workers, you understand how deeply latency, packet loss, and jitter impact us all and why we built Subspace.
The Subspace NaaS enables real-time applications to perform everywhere in the world, without client-side appliances, VPNs, or custom software. Real-time voice and video applications, multiplayer online games, modern fintech solutions, transportation apps, and every internet application in between gets a highly available, ultra-low latency, global private network with a simple configuration change.
Subspace’s Self-serve NaaS Makes Private Network Quality Possible Anywhere
With Subspace NaaS, developers can build instant digital experiences unencumbered by network constraints. Features of the dedicated network used by enterprise companies are now accessible, self-service, by any internet application to get you on your way to building the Metaverse.
- PacketAccelerator delivers latency improvements of up to 80% and reduces jitter and packet loss by 99% while minimizing DDoS, all with one simple connection.
- GlobalTURN offers global edge-to-edge acceleration for your voice and video applications, without the expense and maintenance of multiple TURN servers.
- SIPTeleport enables superior voice quality for remote call center agents, while improving customer support experiences.