Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel reports it has used immersive video technologies over its 5G test network to recreate the in-stadia experience of Kapil Dev’s famous 175 not out versus Zimbabwe, during the 1983 Cricket World Cup. A special 175 Replayed video, in 4K mode, brought key moments from the match to life. According to Airtel, with speeds of over 1 Gbps and latency of under 20 ms, more than 50 concurrent users had access to a 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 session also included a 5G-powered hologram interaction 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. 

Airtel conducted the demonstration at its Network Experience Center in Manesar (Gurugram) using Ericsson 5G radios in NSA and SA modes over 3500 MHz band test spectrum allotted by the Department of Telecom.

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