Intel and NTT DoCoMo prepare 5G plans for Tokyo 2020 Olympics


The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics were an important milestone in the development of 5G, but the next summer games in Tokyo will be a demonstration of what can be achieved through next generation networks.

Intel, which is an Olympic technology partner until Paris 2024, was delighted with how its 5G trials in South Korea performed, with 22 5G links at 10 sites delivering 3,800TB of network capacity.

Speaking at MWC 2018, the company said it is already planning for Tokyo 2020 where 360-degree, 8K video will be transmitted from Japan to smartphones and VR headsets around the world through the various broadcasters.

Tokyo 2020 5G

“Instead of watching surfing from the beach, for example, viewers will feel like they’re riding the waves with the athletes,” said Aicha Evans, chief strategy officer at Intel.

Tokyo 2020 will also see smart city applications and allow athletes to gain access to eHealth technologies and data analytics that will boost performance.

The official supplier for the games is Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo, which plans to launch a commercial 5G network in 2020.

Also speaking at MWC, NTT DoCoMo CEO Kazuhiro Yoshizawa said its plans for 5G were well underway and it was confident that 5G could help create new services and tackle social issues.

This article was sourced fromTechRadar

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