Intel and KT (a National Partner of PyeongChang 2018) delivered the Winter Olympics’ first broad-scale 5G network, powered by Intel 5G technologies. They provided a wide range of 5G experience to the fans which included interactive 3D, 360-degree and “time-sliced” viewing and replays.
The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 proved to be a successful qualifying trial for even bigger, more dramatic arenas: the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and widespread global rollout of 5G commercial standards and networks by that same year.
Intel unveiled its collaboration with NTT DOCOMO, a National Partner of Tokyo 2020 to provide 5G technology for the next Olympic Games.
Here’s what can be expected from this new partnership:
- High-Resolution Video. Expected 360 degree, 8K-video streams may showcase real-time action across high-resolution immersive devices at Olympic venues. Instead of watching the newly inducted sport of surfing from the beach with binoculars, for example, viewers will feel like they’re riding waves with the athlete. Home viewers may be able to take in the action using virtual reality from their TV, headset or wireless device – running on transformed 5G networks capable of delivering massive amounts of data at multi-gigabit speeds.
- Drones. Building on our success in Korea, these ever smaller, faster and more agile devices fitted with high definition cameras could transmit Olympic event action in real time over a massive 5G network.
- Smart city sensors and fully connected cars have the ability to change the way fans physically move through the city of Tokyo. Because of heightened intelligence in devices and at the edge, the 5G network will tackle unique data-intensive workloads, such as pervasive facial recognition, useful for everything from stadium access to threat reduction. Intel and other Olympic Partners may offer the latest iteration of 5G communications for vehicles, which already have achieved data speeds of up to 1 Gbps for 4K-resolution video communications with a vehicle traveling at 30 km/h.
- Athletes will also gain a new edge from 5G as they train and compete. Access to rich data and analytics will let them course-correct their training programs. Wearables, smart eHealth equipment and AR/VR simulations, all optimized over a 5G network, will leverage artificial intelligence to help competitors step up their game.
The 5G connected world is expected to bring in a lot of optimistic changes in the next few years, as Intel continues to define, prototype, test and deliver next-generation 5G technologies, products, and solutions. Intel and its 5G collaborators look ahead to that same deep commitment to refining and deploying this fantastic, flexible, and highly transformative technology.