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Brighton Dome to become 5G testbed for creative industries

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is partnering with Digital Catapult to launch one of the UK's first performance, arts and cultural venues equipped with 5G technology.

Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult, said: “5G is expected to be rolled out across the UK later this year, but we’re still very much in the black and white television era of this technology. To be in with a chance of entering technicolour, we need to test the network’s capabilities and enable businesses and users to prepare for the opportunity it presents."

Over the next year, the project will develop new ideas for integrating 5G technology into the venues, such as live streaming performances in high quality and real time. Audiences will be able to engage and interact with artists experimenting with new work enabled and delivered over 5G infrastructure.

The 5G network will initially be deployed in Brighton Dome’s Founder’s Room and Foyer, offering Brighton-based small businesses, community groups and artists the opportunity to test and develop new 5G-enabled applications.

The collaboration builds on the success of Digital Catapult’s existing 5G Brighton testbed delivered with Wired Sussex at the Fusebox, which is helping local businesses to develop 5G products and services. The testbed was funded by the Coast to Capital LEP with a £1.2 million Local Growth Fund contribution to enable the city to be at the forefront of innovation and offer businesses in the area access to new technology.

Tristan Sharps, Artistic Director of Brighton based performance company dreamthinkspeak, and associate artist of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, commented: “For artists, 5G has the potential to offer a new set of tools to do things we have always dreamt about or dream up new things we could never have imagined."

Bethan Grylls

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