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BT-led ‘5G Edge-XR’ project wins government funding
Published: 7 August 2020
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The project, called 5G Edge-XR, will aim to demonstrate how 5G networks, in combination with cloud graphics processing units, can allow sports fans to view immersive events from any angle and across a range of devices – including smartphones, tablets, AR and VR headsets and TVs.

​Much of the work will take place at Adastral Park as the project is being led by BT Applied Research. They are working in collaboration with TheGridFactory, Condense Reality, Dance East, Bristol University and Salsa Sound.

The project has received £1,486,004 from the Department of Culture Media and Sport through a competition for a £30million funding pot called 5G Create.

The project will bring creatives, technologists and systems designers together to specify and test 5G network configurations.

Tim Whitley, Managing Director, Applied Research, commented: “5G Edge-XR will combine cloud computing and EE’s 5G network to support real time services that require uncompromised audio and visuals. We’re excited to work alongside world-class British companies to develop a range of prototypes for virtual, mixed and augmented reality and create experiences that will transform culture, education, engineering and entertainment. Our prototypes will be designed at Adastral Park and showcased across the UK to demonstrate the benefits 5G technology can bring to people and businesses across the nation.”

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