Portuguese outfit Benfica are set to become the first club in the country to offer 5G connectivity at their stadium, in collaboration with NOS.
The partnership between the Portuguese giants and the mobile communications company will see fans offered a range of new features for when they return to the Estádio da Luz.
Supporters will be able to access immersive content provided through 5G and virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR). Features will include real time game and player statistics, angles for watching the game, selecting a camera being used for broadcasting and transmitting high-definition video.
Additionally, the NOS 5G network will look to improve the wider operations at Benfica, allowing for optimised communication between the technical teams, accurate assessment of the players' performance and access to statistics and tactical analysis.
The Estádio da Luz will be powered by 5G antennas in each of the stands, complemented by 5G cells to ensure VIP areas of the stadium receive coverage too.
“This is a game-changing project," started Rui Costa, vice-president at Benfica. "We are constantly striving to build deeper connections with our loyal fanbase and this new technology will bring Benfica even closer to its fans and supporters. It means an improved experience in this stadium, for all our supporters and for Benfica as an organisation."
Manuel Ramalho Eanes, executive director of NOS, added: “This is a technological milestone of enormous relevance for NOS, both for building our leadership path in 5G and for the transformation of the Sport Lisboa e Benfica stadium into a highly digital and intelligent sports venue, unique in Portugal.
“When 5G is a reality, we want to be the first to deliver it to people and businesses. Football is a natural territory for the technology to develop, and so this partnership with Benfica makes perfect sense.”
Author: Jake Wilkin