Intel will work with NTT DoCoMo on 5G applications including video, VR and connected cars

Although the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea just wrapped up, Intel, which worked on 5G-related projects for the international event, is already planning for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan with local operator NTT DoCoMo.

According to Aicha Evans, Intel’s SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, visitors to Tokyo for the 2020 festivities can expect 5G used to provide 360-degree, 8K video streams that provide an athlete’s point of view to a viewer in real time, along with virtual reality experiences, facial recognition for venue security and applications related to connected cars.

“We are optimistic about what the 5G connected world can do for us in the next few years, as we continue to define, prototype, test and deliver next-generation 5G technologies, products and solutions,” Evans said in a blog post. “The Olympics are the ultimate proving grounds for new technologies and the ways they impact our lives and communities.

“Just as athletes become champions by constantly building, improving and learning new skills, I know with great certainty that Intel and its 5G collaborators share that same deep commitment to refining and deploying this fantastic and highly transformative technology.”

Last week during Mobile World Congress 2018, Intel demonstrated an over-the-air 5G connection to a mobile PC; the chipmaker is working with Dell, HP, Lenovo and Microsoft to bring to market next year 5G-connected PCs. Intel rival Qualcomm is working with PC OEM’s on what it calls “always-connected” PCs that connect to LTE networks.

For smartphones, Intel says it’s working with Chinese first Unigroup Spreadtrum & RDA to collaborate on 5G-compatible smartphones in the second half of 2019.

“As we look to 5G commercialization in late 2019, focusing on the challenge to meet the demands of our data-centric world, you will see Intel and our partners working together to accelerate the pace of innovation and lead the market with new products, technologies, applications and experiences,” SVP and GM of the Network Platforms Group Sandra L. Rivera said.


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