02/11/2020|Inside Verizon

5G makes Oscars history.

By: Verizon Up To Speed

Today on Up To Speed: Celebrating a big night on the red carpet, and get ready for ‘Proud of My Hair.’

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The Times covers the Oscars on Verizon 5G.

History was made at the Oscars this weekend. Not only did the South Korean feature, ‘Parasite,’ make history by becoming the first non-English movie to win Best Picture, Verizon and The New York Times made history together by covering the night with 5G Ultra Wideband. A Times photographer snapped photos of celebrities on the red carpet with a 5G-enabled camera. Verizon’s 5G network delivered those photos from Hollywood to the Times’ newsroom in NYC in near real-time.

5G portal transports fans to the red carpet.

Movie fans in New York City got unprecedented access to the Academy AwardsⓇ this year with the help of the Verizon 5G portal. Located in Times Square, the 5G portal allowed fans to be part of the action with a 5G-enabled 360-degree camera streaming live from the red carpet in Hollywood, more than 2,500 miles away. Inside the portal, fans controlled where they wanted to look and watched as celebrities walked by, in front of the lights and cameras. The immersive-viewing experience was made possible by the high bandwidth and low latency of Verizon’s Ultra-Wideband 5G.

‘Real good reasons’ shares real customer stories.

As the Academy celebrated and awarded their favorite stories from the past year, we shared a few of our own stories this weekend. These stories came from real Verizon customers as part of our ‘Real good reasons’ campaign. From Sebastian, who uses the network to share family traditions with his children and grandchildren around the country, to Bailey, who relied on the network when her father was undergoing cancer treatment, these stories highlight the importance of connection. They show how real families and people around the world rely on our network to connect with one another during the most important moments of life, and help make the world feel just a little bit smaller.

‘Proud of My Hair’ event to livestream on BUILD.

In celebration of Verizon’s 20th anniversary, Up To Speed is teaming up with BUILD to spotlight the human networks -- the people, stories and courageous conversations -- that move the world forward. February is Black History Month and there has been no shortage of news and stories about hair and the African-American community, so our topic this month is “Proud of My Hair.” This will be an elevating and empowering conversation, using hair as a metaphor for how we show up and bring our authentic selves to the workplace. Although we’re talking hair, this is really a broader conversation for everyone.

We hope that you will tune in Friday, February 14, at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT or watch the replay.

Speakers include:

  • Brittany Jones-Cooper, BUILD Studios host, Verizon Media
  • Genia Wilbourn, SVP Network Operations, Verizon
  • David Hubbard, VP Public Policy, Verizon
  • Shaquille Romblay, Video Producer, Huffington Post
  • Mahisha Dellinger, Founder & CEO, Curls
  • Kim Givens, Owner, Soultry Scissors Hair Salon
  • Trenesa Stanford-Danuser, Marketing Strategist

Watch it on BUILD.

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