Airtel demonstrated 5G’s high-speed and low-latency capabilities by replicating Kapil Dev’s 175-run ton from India’s 1983 World Cup victory and letting customers watch it in real-time.
The company said in a statement that a special 175 replayed video in 4K mode brought key moments from the match to life, which had no video footage due to a TV technicians’ strike, and that experiences like this will transform the future of video entertainment and take the user experience to the next level.
“With speeds of over 1 Gbps and latency of under 20 ms, more than 50 concurrent users enjoyed a highly personalized 4K video experience of the match on 5G smartphones, with real-time access to multiple camera angles, 360-degree in-stadia view, shot analysis and stats,” the company said.
The showcase also had India’s first 5G powered hologram interactions with Kapil Dev. “The Airtel 5G powered virtual avatar of the legendary cricketer appeared on the stage, to interact with the fans in real-time and walk them through the key moments of his innings,” the company said.
Randeep Sekhon, CTO, Bharti Airtel: “The gigabit speeds and millisecond latency of 5G will transform the way we consume entertainment. With 5G based holograms, we will be able to transport virtual avatars to any location and this will be a game-changer for meetings and conferences, LIVE news and will have so many other use cases.”
Describing his experience, Kapil Dev added: “I am simply amazed by the power of 5G technology and seeing my digital avatar interact with my fans as if I am actually there. Thank you Airtel for this wonderful effort and bringing to life one of the most important innings of my career.” Airtel used Ericsson 5G Radio in NSA and SA mode on a 3500 MHz band test spectrum allotted by the department of telecom for the demonstration at its Network Experience Center in Manesar (Gurugram).
In India, Airtel is leading the charge for 5G. Airtel exhibited India’s first 5G experience over a live 4G network earlier this year. It also featured India’s first rural 5G trial and the first 5G cloud gaming experience.
Airtel has partnered with major worldwide consulting and technology organisations and brands to test 5G-based solutions as part of 5GforBusiness.