5G in Stadium: New football experience?

5G in the Munich Allianz ArenaDeutsche Telekom has equipped Munich's Allianz Arena with 5G (Photo: Deutsche Telekom).
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Munich’s Allianz Arena is now also equipped with 5G: The Deutsche Telekom has installed a total of eleven new antennas to supply the stadium with the fast mobile communications standard. As early as fall 2019, Vodafone launched the first 5G network in a Bundesliga arena in the stadium of VfL Wolfsburg. Together, mobile phone providers and soccer clubs want to use the new technology to make the experience in the stadiums around the game even more attractive in the future.

Antennas use 3.6 gigahertz frequency

“The mobile phone technology in the Allianz Arena sets new standards. 5G brings high data rates and much more capacity for stadium visitors,” says Walter Goldenits, Managing Director Technology at Telekom Deutschland. “In addition to the new 5G antennas, over 40 LTE antennas have been installed in the Allianz Arena. This gives the stadium top equipment and puts it at the forefront of technical innovations”.

The new 5G antennas are mounted on the roof of the Allianz Arena, on level 7 of the stadium and on a parking garage. This ensures that the interior and the area around the home ground of FC Bayern Munich are optimally supplied with data. The antennas use the 3.6 GHz frequency. This spectrum enables high-speed 5G with data rates over 1 Gigabit/s.

New stadium experience

5G technology gives us the opportunity to make the stadium visit even more attractive for our fans than before. We are very pleased that we can now offer this mobile technology together with our partner Deutsche Telekom. 5G technology offers great opportunities for all conceivable mobile applications,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of FC Bayern München AG.

Deutsche Telekom installed and put the new 5G antennas into operation during the Bundesliga’s corona break. This will enable fans to experience the many advantages of 5G in the stadium in the future. With 5G, they can then try out augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality applications, such as making selfies together with players’ avatars in front of the Allianz Arena or controlling virtual players of FC Bayern. They can also use augmented reality to demonstrate their own ball skills. Virtual competitions between visitors are also conceivable. With 5G via smartphone or AR glasses, the sports experience around the game becomes even more intense and exciting.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also regrets the fact that spectators and fans are not yet able to take advantage of the new possibilities: “Of course, it is a great pity that our fans are not able to experience this special progress live on site at the moment. Nevertheless, we want to continue to develop during this currently very special situation and are therefore already well prepared for the resumption of the match in front of the spectators.

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