Mobile telecoms operator EE has showcased the possibilities offered by 5G technology by streaming an augmented reality gig featuring British band Bastille.
Using EE’s 5G network and technology from Nreal and Samsung, the gig at Birmingham’s New Street station was streamed in real-time to commuters in Liverpool and Edinburgh as a 5G 360-degree augmented reality experience.
The event illustrates the opportunities available to artists and venues through the rollout of 5G in the UK and other countries.
Pete Jeavons, marketing communications director at BT and EE, said: “With 5G, our customers can enjoy immersive experiences no matter where they are, even during their commute and in the busiest places.
“We’re saying goodbye to the days of refreshing our screens while waiting to get out of the station into a less congested area. This extraordinary AR performance from Bastille in three cities simultaneously, is a great demonstration of what’s now possible for our customers with 5G.”
The stream was presented as a 360-degree experience, giving fans a front row seat at Bastille’s unique performance, complete with augmented reality graphics, which featured city walls tumbling down, yetis and digital trains.
The performance will be used as part of EE’s promotional campaign for 5G services at the start of 2020.
EE switched on the UK’s first 5G network in May 2019, launching with 5G coverage in London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester. Last week, EE added 5G to several more cities, and has switched on its first 5G sites in Liverpool, Glasgow and Huddersfield.