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World’s first 5G concert

Researchers test 5G mobile technology during livestreamed international concert


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King’s demonstrated the power of 5G technology during a livestreamed international concert at London’s Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Musicians in London were accompanied by Professor Mischa Dohler, an accomplished pianist and composer, alongside his role as Chair Professor of Wireless Communications within King’s Department of Informatics in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences. Their performance at the Guildhall School’s Roman Amphitheatre was in synch with the Peter Wiegold Ensemble, whose live performance at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate Museum was streamed in real time via camera feeds processed through 5G data transmission.

King’s academics – led by Professor Mischa Dohler – and experts from Vodafone and Swedish telecoms company Ericsson made the performance possible. Using groundbreaking 5G capability that will transform how we communicate and connect, the team capitalised on King’s position in the heart of London to trial this pioneering 5G technology that offers not only higher bandwidth, but also greater capacity, security and productivity.

Marielle Lindgren, CEO of Ericsson UK & Ireland, said: ‘5G will play a fundamental role in enhancing what is possible for people, industry and society and will lead to a wealth of new opportunities.

‘We believe that working in collaboration with governments, industries, operators and academia will be key to the success of 5G and we’re proud to work with King’s College London and the City of London Corporation to showcase the kind of innovation that 5G can enable in areas such as the performing arts.’

King’s pioneering development and testing of 5G technology is funded by the Government’s Digital Strategy to drive forward 5G business opportunities as part of a £1 billion government commitment to keep Britain at the forefront of connectivity.

We are immensely proud to have achieved the world’s first 5G application in the arts and cultural space … It is testimony to King’s incredible research and innovation capabilities.

Professor Mischa Dohler, Chair Professor of Wireless Communications, Department of Informatics in the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

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