New national record set

Hundreds of people drumming simultaneously on Yettel’s 5G network

On 26 March 2024, hundreds of people in different parts of Hungary beat their drums simultaneously to set a national drumming record. The attempt was made to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the commercial launch of Yettel, then called Pannon GSM. The celebrate the anniversary the participants set up a record attempt with a cross-country music session connected by the mobile network. The sites including the mobile operator’s HQ in Törökbálint and several locations across the country were connected via the 5G network setting a new, officially registered national record.

The record attempt took place simultaneously at five locations across the country including Yettel’s HQ in Törökbálint, the company’s call centre in Szeged and three shops in Szombathely, Budapest and Debrecen, with hundreds of people drumming in sync to the same song. To connect drummers in different locations and synchronise the music, Yettel used its 5G network to allow participants to see and hear each other at the same time.  The record attempt was run by the operator’s staff and led by professional musicians. A total of 333 people played percussion instruments at Yettel’s HQ and other locations, setting a new Hungarian record for the category of simultaneous drumming at multiple sites.

Csaba Abaházi helped set the record as a host. “Music has always played a central role in my life, based on the beat, the tempo, that is, the drum itself. Similar to the way we use radio to connect and reach different parts of the country at the same time, this is what happened here: we not only made music together, but for a few minutes Budapest, Törökbálint, Szeged, Debrecen and Szombathely tuned in to the same beat and created a national record. That’s why I felt it was a very fitting task to be the host of this special event. In addition to coordinating, encouraging and motivating the players, I was also able to help set the pace,” said Csaba Abaházi.

The music was provided by Z-Drums Project percussion team, professional drummers and percussionists. To make the sound effect exciting, the production used several percussion instruments and tools in addition to traditional drums. This made the show entertaining and easy to follow indoors. During the record attempt, the participants played a song written especially for the occasion. The production was designed to be both dynamic and easy to learn, so that Yettel employees could easily join in with their percussion instruments.

“To commemorate the launch of the first commercial GSM service in Hungary in March 1994, exactly 30 years ago, Yettel – then known as Pannon GSM – undertook a national record attempt to demonstrate the power of music and the capabilities of mobile technology through the experience of sharing music over the mobile network. As a mobile operator, we work to bring people closer together through our network, which is constantly evolving to bring the latest technologies to our customers. All this is the result of the coordinated efforts of many colleagues, symbolised by this anniversary record attempt”, said Attila Mészáros, Corporate Communications Director of Yettel Hungary.

About Yettel’s 5G network:

5G is the latest generation of mobile technology currently available, which can be up to ten times faster and serve up to ten thousand times more devices with very low response times than previous 4G technology. The service is currently available at more than 700 base stations across the country on Yettel’s gradually expanding 5G network, and today around 15% of mobile internet traffic is using this technology. The service is available to all Yettel customers who have a suitable device and are in a 5G coverage area.

Learn more about 5G: Yettel was the first in Hungary – and one of the first worldwide – to make standalone 5G technology available to its customers in a public offer. This means that the service relies on 5G for all components of the mobile connection and will only use frequencies dedicated to 5G. This development brings many of the benefits of the 5G standard to fruition, including a significant reduction in network response time, a further increase in available download and upload speeds and the ability to launch new digital services. Yettel is offering the benefits of standalone 5G to customers using its home and office 5G services.

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