It can be hard for musicians to assemble in a studio when they live far away from each other, and coordinating studio time can also be difficult. Seeing the need to bring musicians in different locations together, Yamaha Corporation developed an online session app called “SYNCROOM” that makes it possible for them to jam online over a fiber optic network.
Using SYNCROOM with conventional mobile networks poses a problem, however, as stable and low-latency connectivity needed for remote ensembles cannot be guaranteed. Since SoftBank Corp.’s (TOKYO: 9434) Segment Routing IPv6 Mobile User Plane (SRv6 MUP) technology can reduce latency and increase stability on commercial 5G networks, Yamaha and SoftBank decided to launch joint trials that verify the use of SYNCROOM on SoftBank's 5G network with SRv6 MUP.
In a field trial environment, both companies are aiming to achieve two-way communication with greater stability and lower latency by enabling direct communication between mobile devices.
What is SRv6 MUP?
SRv6 MUP is a technology that enables multi-access edge computing (MEC), network slicing and other features of 5G to be implemented at a lower cost and with more ease compared to conventional mobile networks. With traditional mobile networks, it is necessary to go through Packet Exchange Equipment (User Plane Function, or UPF) to establish communication between devices. However, by using SRv6 MUP, communication can be conducted through the shortest route, which results in lower latency.
SoftBank’s Keiichi Makizono, Executive Vice President and CIO (Chief Information Officer) noted that this joint verification trial is another example of how SoftBank develops technologies to meet the needs of different industries. Hiroko Ohmura, Operating Officer, Executive General Manager of Brand Development Unit at Yamaha, commented that she is hopeful that the trial will help create a more fulfilling world for music enthusiasts.
(Posted on August 9, 2023)
by SoftBank News Editors