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NHL announces Verizon as official 5G partner

Global telecommunications company Verizon has signed a multi-year partnership with the National Hockey League, becoming the league's official 5G partner.

The multi-faceted deal gives Verizon the title of official 5G partner, official wireless services partner, and official mobile edge computing (MEC) partner in the United States. Verizon also becomes an official technology partner for the league.

Verizon will also be given opportunities to work with stadium operators to install Verizon 5G in select US NHL arenas and to offer consumer demonstrations of the technology at NHL events.

As part of the agreement, Verizon will also pilot the development of a MEC use case for in-venue applications, which could include real-time access to video highlights enabled by Verizon 5G technology.

Dave Lehanski, NHL’s executive vice president of business development and innovation said, “Together, the NHL and Verizon will leverage the capabilities of Verizon 5G and Mobile Edge Computing to provide fans with access to entirely new experiences and ways to consume live game content, including leveraging the output of our puck and player tracking system, all in ‘true’ real time.”

“Being on the forefront of innovation is great for our game and especially our fans – and these types of advancements are only possible with best-in-class partners like Verizon,” Lehanski said.

Additionally, Verizon subsidy Yahoo Sports has been designated a season-long fantasy partner of the NHL and, as such, will be able to offer game highlights and other official NHL-produced content to its fantasy players.

Author: Ross Plank