Tapestry - Sounds of a 5G Orkney

As part of our mission to explore the potential of 5G in rural locations, we worked with award winning Orkney-native composer, Erland Cooper, to bring together the core elements of our project, and some of what makes his homeland so special. Taking the land, sea, air, connectivity, and community as inspiration, we compiled field recordings made at our use case sites around Orkney, invited residents to submit their own sounds, and planted remote, 5G-enabled microphones in the landscape to send a live audio stream back to Erland’s London studio.

The result is Tapestry, an eleven-and-a-half-minute sonic portrait of the vibrant communities and thriving industries of Orkney.

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What is 5G RuralFirst?

5G RuralFirst is a call to action. We need to demonstrate the game changing potential of 5G technologies, strategies and new business models to deliver connectivity for the UK’s rural businesses and communities.

We believe that bringing more connectivity to rural areas through new 5G technologies will allow us to bring major benefits to our rural communities and industries. By advocating for the introduction of more spectrum sharing strategies, we hope to encourage the growth of networks alongside new business models for service provision.

We believe that the outcomes and insights from the 5G RuralFirst testbed and trials will encourage governments, organisations, communities and individuals to look beyond our urban environments and into the exciting future of rural UK: a place where connectivity, industry and innovation can thrive for the good of us all.

It's time to look beyond the city.