A live test of the UK government-backed 5G Vista project has taken place at the MK Dons football stadium in Milton Keynes.
On Saturday afternoon (February 12), a selected group of fans at the League 1 match between MK Dons and Ipswich Town were able to try out a prototype of the 5G Vista app. This allowed them to view six, high-quality live streams of different perspectives of the game – including behind the scenes footage.
In-stadia mobile connectivity for fans is notoriously weak, with challenges for large sporting venues in providing enough capacity to deliver enhanced spectator experiences at a reasonable cost. 5G Broadcast allows these experiences at a cost advantage compared with more traditional cellular solutions.
Alex Buchan, Strategic Technologist, DTG and Project Lead said: “DTG, through the Vista project, is proud to be leading the TV industry into a new phase of interactive, personalised and live content driven by 5G for access anywhere, anytime. The trial at MK Dons shows the technology developed during the project has the potential to transform the way we consume content, and experience live events, over the coming decade.”
The completion of the technical trial was followed by a final showcase of the project on 14th February as part of the MK5G Create event in the Marshall Arena, also at Stadium MK.
Delegate were shown a livestream of a drone race at the stadium in high definition, marking a UK first.