The 2022 TISSOT UCI Track World Championships are introducing an immersive stadium experience with 5G private wireless in a deal with Nokia.
The mobile company has installed a 5G Modular Private Wireless (MPW) network at the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines National Velodrome.
Taking place 12-16 October near Paris, ‘enhanced viewing and entertainment experiences’ will be offered to fans, athletes, organisers and broadcasters – in cooperation with UCI and Eurovision Sport for TV production.
Michel Callot, President of the French Cycling Federation, said: “Leveraging Nokia 5G private wireless network we see how the technology can elevate the experience for the thousands of bandwidth hungry spectators at race events like this one.
“The French Cycling Federation is enthusiastic about exploiting all the new service opportunities that 5G will bring us, both for spectators, athletes and organisers.”
The pair highlighted they aim to use ‘extreme capacity, ultra-low latency and ultra-high throughput’ in order to meet diverse demands of stakeholders – including spectators, sponsors and medias.
Furthermore, private wireless networks will also support video and data sharing in a bid to improve situational awareness in the stadium for security and safety teams.
“We have extensive leadership in deploying 5G private wireless at event venues worldwide,” noted Stéphane Haulbert, head of partners in Europe at Nokia. “We are pleased to showcase private wireless connectivity at the 2022 TISSOT UCI Track World Championship event in France and show the potential for future global events in the city.
“The work we are doing with industry partners under the 5G Stadium Lab allows us to develop and test in-demand use cases for services such as security, leveraging AI and machine learning capabilities to enable, for example, automated monitoring of multiple video and sensor data feeds and alerts.
“Private wireless puts the network owner in control, allowing them to support the distinct needs of a variety of stakeholders and services.”