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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 02:23

Telstra, Intel, Ericsson unveil 5G esports future

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Telstra, Intel and Ericsson have combined to unveil esports professional gaming experiences over 5G, designed to showcase the power of 5G’s ultra-low latency that professional and amateur gamers can expect in the future.   

Pro esports team The Chiefs, helped demonstrate the technical capabilities of 5G at Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast on Tuesday through ultra-low latency of around five to six milliseconds, which is claimed to be about four times lower than the average 4G latency today.  The Chiefs were one of the first esports teams in the world to experience gaming over 5G, which was streamed live to other gamers around the world on Twitch.

Telstra’s executive director Network and Infrastructure Engineering, Channa Seneviratne, said Telstra, Intel, and Ericsson used the mmWave wireless connectivity inside Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast to power the demonstration, enabled through Ericsson’s 5G base station and core network. Intel provided its Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, which allows for quick implementation of the latest air interfaces and communication protocols.

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A screenshot of a speed test showing the download and upload speeds achieved during Tuesday's demonstration on the Gold Coast.

“Esports is the fastest growing spectator sport in the world and this gaming experience is a real life example of how 5G might be used in future,” said Seneviratne.

“Latency is the time it takes for data to be sent between two points, so it is crucial in the world of gaming when milliseconds can literally mean the difference between winning and losing. Esports demonstrates how that is possible over 5G, a benefit of the new technology that will underpin a host of use cases, including autonomous cars, drones and remote control of machinery.“

Jonathan Wood, Intel’s senior director, 5G Market Development and Partnerships within Intel’s Next Generation and Standards Group, said 5G would enable on-demand entertainment anywhere, “making it more vibrant and immersive, and esports is a prime example of a use case that gets significantly better with faster speeds, ultra-low latency, and massive capacity.”

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Members of The Chiefs pro esports team at the Gold Coast demo on Tuesday. Facing the camera is Tyler 'tucks' Reilly.

“This 5G esports demonstration is just the beginning of Intel’s commitment to transform the gaming ecosystem with end-to-end technology solutions with our partners,” he said.

Ericsson’s managing director Australia and New Zealand, Emilio Romeo, said,“We’ve partnered with Telstra and Intel to deliver esports professionals an unrivalled gaming experience with 5G, allowing them to play in a mobile setting while having the low latency they can only get today from a wireline network. This demonstration is another example of how 5G’s low latency and high throughput can be used across various industries, providing greater efficiency and mobility.”

“Telstra is continuing to test next generation mobile technologies in Australian conditions to support the early commercial deployment of 5G mobile services in Australia. 5G has the potential to change the way we live and work, and today’s 5G gaming demonstration shows it will unleash a host of new opportunities,” Seneviratne said.

Photo and screenshot: courtesy Telstra


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