Winter Olympics Goes 5G With Real-Time VR And 3D Videos Galore

Along with the athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics, 5G is set to take the global stage and show everyone what it can do. With standards finalized and South Korean carriers ready to roll out 5G in 2019, the Olympic Games will provide the perfect platform to take lightning-fast wireless internet into prime time.

5G will be really great for doing two things: 3D video and virtual reality. And both are being used to enhance the Olympic experience for those lucky enough to be in attendance. VR headsets will put spectators right in the middle of the action, thanks to small mounted 5G cameras beaming a live feed to viewers.

Korea Telecom partnered with Intel and Samsung for the 5G Olympic roll out.


“The Olympics is a showcase for the types of things that are probably going to roll out earlier in South Korea maybe than anywhere else, given that they frequently are on the leading edge of the next iteration of cellular technology,” Gartner analyst Bill Menezes told Fast Company.

Another 5G technology being demonstrated at the Games is called TimeSlice, which will be deployed at the Ice Arena and takes video from 100 cameras mounted in a 180-degree arc to render 3D images of the action.

According to the Olympics, 5G-connected cameras have also been set up along the cross country course in Alpensia to provide personalized views of the skiers on the course.

And fans in Seoul unable to attend the Games in PyeongChang can head to the “Gwanghwamun KT Live Site” with a 5G device experience zone with games and video.

The Winter Olympics offers attendees an experience unlike any sporting event before.

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