New Delhi: Ericsson and Airtel enabled a 5G powered ‘Connected Music’ performance during the inauguration of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2019 on Monday. A first for India, the show involved connecting two parts of a musical performance using a live 5G network and presenting it as one, for live audiences at both locations. One half of the performance had the singer and music composer, Siddharth Shankar Mahadevan perform ‘Jai Ho’ from the film ‘Slum Dog Millionaire’, while a Swedish band played at the Ericsson booth, about 100 meters away.
The demonstration showcased how 5G can develop robust and efficient ways of creating immersive experiences, giving audiences the feeling of immediacy.
The ultra-low latency of the 5G network powered the connected music showcase at the IMC. According to the company, this remote music collaboration in real time is a boon for the performing art industry as it helps eliminate travel time and the costs that limit collaboration, performance, practice and learning. It also increases productivity for professionals in the music industry, including producers, event organizers and teachers. The performance highlights how 5G can transform interaction with the arts and opens new opportunities for industries.
Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India said: “We have been studying the impact 5G technology will have on industries across the world. This Connected Music demonstration is a fine example of benefits that 5G can bring to performing arts. It brings art and music closer to audiences."
Ericsson has been the first to deploy live 5G networks across four continents. "We are committed to sharing our live 5G deployment experience and learnings with the Indian telecom operators and other key stakeholders as the country gets ready for 5G. This includes working with our partners, such as Airtel, on 5G use cases," added Mirtillo.