DFL And Vodafone Makes A 5G Connection
July 4, 2019
The German Football League (DFL) has agreed to a two-year 5G partnership with Vodafone.
As part of the collaboration, Vodafone and the DFL are developing a real-time app that makes information and match data available to the fans in the stadium without delay on their smartphones via augmented reality – before, during and after the match. This innovative presentation of statistics has never before been available to spectators in the stadium in this way.
With the start of the 5G network in the stadium, Vodafone and the DFL will also present the first functions of the new real-time app that the partners are developing together. The real-time app makes all additional information available to fans on their smartphones live and in real time via 5G and augmented reality.
The data is analysed in real time and transmitted to smartphones without delay via 5G. The app presents the data visually and provides live graphs, statistics and analyses, which were otherwise available only after the match on TV.
Vodafone CEO Hannes Ametsreiter said: “Football lives on emotions. Data and analyses are also becoming increasingly important for many fans. So far, they have often been available at home on the TV only after the match.We are now bringing these worlds together. Our partnership with the DFL is the kick-off for 5G in the Bundesliga. With the new mobile communications technology, we are bringing real-time information to statistics fans in the stands, and we are increasing network capacity for football fans in the stadium.”
DFL CEO Christian Seifert said: “Technologies are only as good as the application possibilities that emerge from them. As a leader of innovation, the DFL is continuously advancing new technologies concerning sport and media to provide additional possibilities to spectators in the stadium and in front of screens. We are doing this by connecting 5G and real-time information. A strong 5G infrastructure provides the ideal conditions for partners and clubs too.”