As well as real-time AR and VR applications, visitors to the ground can now stream videos even faster and with higher resolution. Since May 2020 5G has been available in the Allianz Arena, thanks to the installation of 11 5G antennas offering data speed of an incredible 1GB. In support, a further 40 LTE antennas have also been installed. As a result, fans can become a virtual twelfth team member, running alongside their heroes or joining in goal celebrations. Virtual competitions among the spectators, for example a penalty shoot-out, are also possible, with the other spectators looking on. And fans can take advantage of cloud gaming functions to test their own skills in a quick half-time game.
These are just some of the many features that are allowing Deutsche Telekom, FC Bayern Munich, and 5G to bring soccer into the information age.
Singing a new song
Live music has also been affected the pandemic. But in Norway Telia have teamed up with the Oya Festival to revolutionise the fans’ experience, creating some of the fastest, sharpest, and most sophisticated coverage ever seen. For over 20 years the Oya festival has built a reputation as an unmissable event in Norway, and the young audience are hungry for innovation and new live experiences.
Together with equipment manufacturer Quine and production company Trippel-M Living Pictures they launched the first-ever commercial media production with 5G.
“There is no denying that we think it’s a challenge to be the world’s first to use this new and innovative 5G technology in the video production during the festival. We are proud of this,” says Oya festival manager Tonje Kaada.
The cameras use the 5G network to transmit live video files in real time, allowing editing to begin immediately. This is an important benefit in building on the momentum of the event since it dramatically speeds up the release of high quality event footage to the fans. It allows finished content to be viewed and shared online, used in social media, or provided to the media and the audience while the concert is taking place. Meaning guests can re-live incredible moments while still soaking up the live atmosphere.