Manchester United may soon follow LaLiga major Barcelona to implement high-speed data 5G network at their Old Trafford stadium. Premier League giants are reportedly engaged in talks with Vodafone to upgrade the data and mobile network in the stadium.
Vodafone has reportedly started working on bringing 5G to Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.
According to The Mail on Sunday, Vodafone was engaged in talks to install high-speed fiber optics to get Old Trafford 5G-ready. The planning is said to be on even as the work in the ground was yet to start. The deal will make Old Trafford the first 5G ready stadium in England, and only second football facility ever after Barcelona.
The upgrade, besides providing faster mobile data access will also be helpful in technological innovations like in-stadia holograms and VR experience.
The 5G service, once installed, could also be used to conduct TV interviews with players on the pitch using holograms of presenters who are actually in the studio. The doesn’t seem so remote as Vodafone has already tested a holographic call over 5G.
Other possible uses for the tech could be to allow fans to watch matches in virtual reality, and to improve the speed of video assistant referee technology.
Vodafone in the past has been one of the Manchester United sponsors. The mobile network company will be required to fit-in high speed fibre optics in the stadium.
At the recent Mobile World Congress trade show in Spain, La Liga leaders Barcelona had announced a partnership with O2’s Spanish owner, Telefonica, to launch 5G at their Nou Camp stadium, making the club the first soccer arena in Europe to be equipped with the technology.
As part of the Nou Camp project, a number of wireless 360-degree cameras connected to the 5G network will be installed in different locations around the stadium including next to the goal and near the dugouts. Fans watching at home can then use virtual reality (VR) glasses to watch a live match as if they are at the venue.
The 5G network will also be used to capture behind-the-scenes content from team training sessions and to provide virtual stadium tours.
At Old Trafford its use will almost certainly have a broadcast slant.