New Delhi: In a first for India, Ericsson and Airtel today enabled a 5G powered ‘Connected Music’ performance during the inauguration of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) 2019. The demonstration 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’, whilst Swedish band played at the Ericsson booth, about 100 meters away.
The ultra-low latency of the 5G network powered the connected music showcase at the IMC. 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 our interaction with the arts and opens new opportunities for industries.
Nunzio Mirtillo, Head of Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India stated, “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.” Nunzio further added, “Ericsson has been the first to deploy live 5G networks across 4 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.”
In addition to Live Connected Music performance Ericsson 5G showcase at IMC 2019 also includes 5G Connected Ambulance, 5G enabled Immersive Sports ,Fixed Wireless Access and Private LTE.