Bundesliga Uses 5G To Power Real-Time AR Statistics App For Fans In The Stadium – Forbes

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Supporters of VfL Wolfsburg cheer during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Augsburg at Volkswagen Arena on May 18, 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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The arrival of 5G has many within the sports industry excited, with many believing the arrival of next-generation networks will transform everything from broadcast production to fan engagement.

An early example of this in action is a new two-year partnership between Vodafone and the German Football Association (DFL), which plans to use 5G networks to boost capacity at Bundesliga matches and to bring real-time statistics to fans using Augmented Reality (AR).

Among other things, 5G will deliver gigabit speeds, enhanced capacity, and ultra-low latency. This improves mobile coverage for end-users and will enable revolutionary new applications such as AR and VR.

The 5G stadium

“Technologies are only as good as the application possibilities that emerge from them,” says Christian Seifert, DFL CEO. “As a leader of innovation, the DFL is continuously advancing new technologies concerning sport and media to provide additional possibilities to spectators in the stadium and in front of screens.

“We are doing this by connecting 5G and real-time information. A strong 5G infrastructure provides the ideal conditions for partners and clubs too.”

The average Bundesliga match attracts 43,000 spectators who consume an average of 500GB of data while at the stadium–a figure which has risen by 50% over the past 12 months. Fans use their smartphone to check scores, post pictures or videos on social media, and increasingly to watch live videos of the game they are watching.

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Supporters of VfL Wolfsburg cheer during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Augsburg at Volkswagen Arena on May 18, 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Getty

The arrival of 5G has many within the sports industry excited, with many believing the arrival of next-generation networks will transform everything from broadcast production to fan engagement.

An early example of this in action is a new two-year partnership between Vodafone and the German Football Association (DFL), which plans to use 5G networks to boost capacity at Bundesliga matches and to bring real-time statistics to fans using Augmented Reality (AR).

Among other things, 5G will deliver gigabit speeds, enhanced capacity, and ultra-low latency. This improves mobile coverage for end-users and will enable revolutionary new applications such as AR and VR.

The 5G stadium

“Technologies are only as good as the application possibilities that emerge from them,” says Christian Seifert, DFL CEO. “As a leader of innovation, the DFL is continuously advancing new technologies concerning sport and media to provide additional possibilities to spectators in the stadium and in front of screens.

“We are doing this by connecting 5G and real-time information. A strong 5G infrastructure provides the ideal conditions for partners and clubs too.”

The average Bundesliga match attracts 43,000 spectators who consume an average of 500GB of data while at the stadium–a figure which has risen by 50% over the past 12 months. Fans use their smartphone to check scores, post pictures or videos on social media, and increasingly to watch live videos of the game they are watching.

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