Brighton Dome is to become one of the first performance venues in the UK to become equipped with 5G technology, which it claims will “transform audience experiences”.
5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks, which will have faster connection speeds and allow thousands of people to be online at the same time.
In theatre, this may allow for new types of content to emerge, enable high-quality and real-time streaming of live performance and will open up different ways for audiences to interact with artists.
Digital Catapult, an organisation that helps companies to adopt new technologies, has partnered with Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival to integrate 5G at the venue.
The network will initially be set up in Brighton Dome’s Founder’s Room and foyer, offering small local businesses, community groups and artists the opportunity to test and develop new 5G-enabled applications.
Brighton Dome chief executive Andrew Comben said: “Brighton Dome will be among the first arts venues in the country to explore the potential of 5G technology in the application of new artistic work and performance.
“Not only will it offer artists the chance to create exciting new work but our audiences and visitors to Brighton will be able to enjoy and experience arts events in a completely different way. We’re excited by the endless possibilities this could bring.”
Digital Catapult chief executive Jeremy Silver 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 Technicolor, we need to test the network’s capabilities and enable businesses and users to prepare for the opportunity it presents.”