Intel is partnering with NTT Docomo to provide 5G technologies and support for the 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo.
Intel first demoed its capabilities at the recently concluded 2018 Olympic Winter Games at PyeongChang, the highlight of which was the opening ceremony. At the ceremony, 1,200 Shooting Star drones from Intel created an incredible drone light show, also breaking a world record in the process. At the event, Intel provided over 3,800 TB of network capacity via 5G.
The chipmaker promises to bring 5G to the 2020 Olympic Games, enabling “new experiences” at the event. Some of the anticipated highlights include 360-degree, 8K video streams in real-time. Intel is also offering to beef up security by enabling faster facial recognition and helping develop fully connected cars capable of streaming 4K video over 5G while on the move.
Interestingly, athletes will also get support from Intel via various 5G-enabled wearables and fitness devices. Intel is also promising “eHealth equipment and AR/VR simulations.”
5G is the term used to describe the proposed 5th generation of wireless mobile networks. This network will refine the 4G standard by increasing network efficiency and natively supporting IoT (Internet of Things) devices. The standard can also allow for operation in the millimetre wave bands at up to 60 GHz, offering incredibly low latency and vastly superior bandwidth.
In related news, Intel is planning to bring 5G technology to laptops by late 2019.