The high-profile deal between Verizon and the NHL has been renewed, with the firm continuing as official 5G partner and an official technology partner of the league.

Under the terms of the multi-year partnership extension, Verizon has agreed to deploy its private 5G wireless network across the various NHL arenas, beginning with some select venues this year.

The NHL will utilise its partner’s 5G network technology and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) offering to tailor solutions to meet business needs and deliver greater ‘reliability, security, speed and flexibility’ for stadium-goers.

“The passion for innovation and the work already done in partnership with Verizon makes this renewal even more exciting for us,” said David Lehanski, NHL Executive Vice President, Business Development and Innovation. 

“Creating the solutions and experiences of tomorrow is not only a function of applying cutting-edge technologies from world-class companies, it’s also a function of being able to truly collaborate with them to uncover meaningful new use cases. 

“In Verizon, we have a partner that listens before bringing to bear their industry-best knowledge and solution set.”

5G-backed technologies set to be distributed to the NHL as a result of the renewal include wireless officials’ iPads for replay reviews and video coaching and coach/video coach communications.

Verizon is a long-term partner of the NHL, part of a wider sports business and sports marketing strategy which has also seen the Delaware-headquartered group sign a deal with the NFL.

Kyle Malady, CEO of Verizon Business, added: “Innovation is driven by a vision and the technology to support it, which makes this partnership with the NHL a perfect fit for Verizon and Verizon Business.

“Our collaboration with the NHL showcases what transformative network connectivity can bring to venues and fans alike. Having a forward-looking partner in the NHL opens up significant opportunities from an operational standpoint, when you look at the business of professional hockey, to enhancing in-game efficiencies and the fan experience.”

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