Wednesday, 07 February 2018 05:12

Verizon did 5G testing behind the scenes at Super Bowl LII

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Verizon has tested an "in-stadium pre-commercial 5G network connection to demonstrate how massive speed and bandwidth can bring live video and virtual reality experiences to new levels".

With Verizon promising to being 5G to market this year, when most of its competitors have 2019 rollout dates at the earliest, it used the Super Bowl to do some very cool stuff

Not only did Samsung and Verizon make "the first-ever pre-commercial 5G video call on two fully functioning prototype 5G tablets developed by Samsung", but Verizon got to play in virtual reality. 

Donning virtual reality headsets, we're told that "network engineers at Alley, Powered by Verizon in New York City and Verizon guests at the Super Bowl at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis participated in a live demonstration of 180-degree stereoscopic in-stadium view live action on the field, as well as a virtual in-stadium experience including high-resolution replays on secondary screens, all delivered over 5G wireless technology".

Sanyogita Shamsunder, executive director, 5G Ecosystems and Innovation said: "Since we first set out to create the world’s largest set of 5G test markets, we learned a tremendous amount about what the technology could deliver.

“This latest demonstration at Super Bowl LII and in New York City is another example of how we’re pushing 5G to exploit never-before imagined uses cases and applications.”

Verizon also recently showcased how "the single-digit millisecond latency of its 5G network could be used by two leading football players in an on-field demonstration without compromising their real-world speed and reaction times".

"Using only 5G-connected first-person goggles and helmet-mounted cameras, the two players were able to throw, catch and deflect passes with the same speed and precision as they could with the naked eye".

Verizon also links to its late 2017 promise with its "plans to launch 5G residential broadband services in up to five markets in 2018". 

Here's Verizon's promotional 5G video:

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