Venue aims to become a test bed for 5G technology for performance and arts


The Brighton Dome is to become one of the first arts venues in the UK equipped with 5G technology.

The Brighton Dome, Brighton Festival and Digital Catapult have partnered on the project, which will develop new ideas over the next year for integrating 5G technology, such as live streaming performances in high quality and real time.

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

The collaboration builds on 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.

Digital Catapult CEO 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 technicolour, we need to test the network’s capabilities and enable businesses and users to prepare for the opportunity it presents.”

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, added: “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.”