Ebbw Vale 5G Immersive Classroom
5G Wales Unlocked launches a new immersive 360-degree classroom in Ebbw Vale.
18:27 17 March 2022
5G Wales Unlocked, a consortium of partners dedicated to bringing 5G connectivity to rural and semi-rural Wales, has recently launched a next-generation 5G immersive classroom in Ebbw Vale.
The scheme is one of the trials that aim to demonstrate how ultrafast technology like 5G could transform rural communities, from improving rural transport and education to powering tech innovations in agriculture.
The high-tech classroom uses a localised 5G network to project educational and inspiring video content onto all four walls in a 360-degree format, providing an immersive experience.
Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles MS, said: “It’s fantastic to see learners in Ebbw Vale benefitting from next-generation technology, thanks to this innovative project.
“It’s our ambition to see Wales leading the way in using digital technology to deliver high-quality education, and to raise attainment and skills of all learners, regardless of background. This trial will help learners in rural areas engage with the curriculum in an exciting, immersive environment.”
Nick Speed, BT Group Director in Wales, said: “We’re excited to be part of this pioneering project looking at the potential of 5G in rural areas.
“The immersive classroom is a brilliant example of how 5G’s greater bandwidth can help deliver rich, high quality content to inspire school pupils about the world, wherever they’re located. It has the potential to reduce the education gap between areas and make sure that all pupils have access to this kind of innovative learning material.”