The iconic Nou Camp, home of FC Barcelona, will become the world's first stadium with dedicated 5G coverage.
The club is working with Spanish operator Telefonica to create a permanent 5G coverage for the field and grandstands with both parties using the network to experience the content of the stadium experience for their global content To enable fan communities.
Although Barcelona is a symbol of Catalan identity, it has a global fan base and many fans will never enter the stadium.
Nou Camp 5G
The club joins forces with rival Real Madrid and other major European teams to gain followers in social media and web platforms, and believes that 5G can increase engagement.
The 5G network uses Telefonica's licensed spectrum and Ericsson's commercial equipment increases its transmission capacity from 30 Mbps to 200 Mbps. Combined with 5G's low latency and edge computing capabilities, 4K-quality 360-degree videos can be created that can be used on social channels and on official applications.
Barcelona has used previous editions of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) to detail other digital initiatives such as the Innovation Venue, and marked the partnership by broadcasting a live training session and a stadium tour to the exhibition.
"It is a great pride for FC Barcelona that Camp Nou is the first 5G internal football stadium," said Josep Maria Bartomeu.
"The Camp Nou is the largest stadium in Europe, with room for more than 90,000 spectators, and when the Espai Barça [the club’s stadium redevelopment project] has a capacity of 1
5G networks will bring ultra-fast speeds, higher capacity and extremely low latency, with stadiums expected to be due to the large number of Users who use data-intensive applications in such a small area will benefit greatly.
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