TELUS 5G Lab: The Future of Creativity

Companies around the world are preparing for 5G, the fifth-generation cellular technology that speeds up wireless networks and enables for huge data transmission. 5G technology is already being employed in a range of applications, including self-driving cars, virtual reality, and even remote surgery. When paired with augmented or virtual reality, 5G’s ultra-fast speeds and reduced latency open up a slew of new opportunities for the entertainment industry.

According to a survey commissioned by Intel and completed by Ovum, 5G-enabled media and entertainment “experiences” could generate up to $1.3 trillion (£0.9 trillion) in income by 2028. The year 2025 will be a “tipping point” for 5G in entertainment and media, according to the article. According to the prediction, by that time, 5G networks and devices will account for around 57 percent of global cellular revenue. Intel and Ovum predict that by 2028, that figure will have risen to 80%.

Guy Laliberté, the famed Québec entrepreneur and Cirque du Soleil founder, founded Z, Montréal’s newest creative hub. A non-profit organization whose aim is to bring together, assist, and promote creatives in the entertainment industry in order for them to generate world-class innovative initiatives.

Lenovo joined hands with TELUS

Lenovo collaborated with TELUS and Z to develop Canada’s first experimental 5G laboratory dedicated completely to the creative and entertainment industries. The 5G TELUS LAB is a creative, testing, and experimental facility outfitted with cutting-edge technological equipment designed to challenge the boundaries of digital creation.

The 5G TELUS Lab, which is based on TELUS’ experimental 5G network and uses Motorola Edge+ phones, Lenovo ThinkStation workstations, gaming laptops, and the 5G-compatible ThinkSystem SE350 Edge Server, allows creators to experiment with cutting-edge technologies like AR/VR, 3D holograms, mobile gaming, interactive storytelling, live volumetric performance, and 4K live streaming. The average download speed in this creative region is 1.2Gbps, while the upload speed is 142Mbps, with a latency of 9 to 13ms.

“5G network speeds will revolutionize all aspects of life, including entertainment, and entrepreneurs participating in Z’s incubation programs are at the forefront of incorporating this technology into their creative projects,” Colin McIsaac, executive director and general manager of Lenovo Canada, said. “Providing our hardware, devices, and experience to the TELUS Lab 5G aligns with Lenovo’s goal of developing better technology for people and helps to ensure that the full promise of 5G is realized in the coming years.”


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