SINGAPORE (Jan 30): Advanced 5G standalone (SA) network technology will be put on show at Singapore’s Chingay parade this year, thanks to a collaboration between telecommunications firm M1 and Huawei International, the provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices.

One of Asia’s largest street parades, the two-day Chingay parade will be held on Jan 31 and Feb 1.

Adding a unique technological element to this year’s parade, M1 and Huawei will deploy its 5G SA network infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment to enhance the overall parade experience.

This includes the deployment of a camera drone to capture footage of one of the key highlights of the Chingay parade – the longest dragon dance in the world, which measures 108-metres long and two-metres wide.

This footage will then have special augmented reality (AR) effects added to it and transmitted to a live web broadcast for viewers to stream online.

With M1’s low latency and high bandwidth 5G network, viewers can enjoy an AR enhanced viewing experience through the live web broadcast.

“By capturing and live-streaming a bird’s-eye-view of the world’s longest dancing dragon with viewing experience augmented by AR effects, we have showcased our capabilities to innovate and tap the benefits of 5G SA technology,” says Denis Seek, M1’s chief technical officer.

“This live demonstration is a glimpse of how we could harness 5G to enhance the way our customers work, live and play, ahead of full-fledged 5G network deployment in Singapore,” he adds.

“This high-quality live broadcast of the parade enabled by 5G is only the beginning of this journey. Huawei's technology is designed to improve lives and we will continue to unleash the deeper potential of 5G, as we work with our partners to help Singapore attain its goal of becoming a global front-runner in 5G implementation,” says Gao Yan, vice president of Huawei International.