The NFL and telecoms company Verizon have entered a two-year partnership to develop and introduce new products and future technologies that utilize 5G.
The innovation partnership aims to enhance NFL games and fan experience at venues by tapping into the fifth-generation cellular network, which will deliver faster download speeds for streaming video and greater bandwidth to offer more mobile experiences and applications.
“For over 10 years now Verizon has been one of our most trusted partners and our work with them has delivered fans incredible access and experiences around the NFL. As the promise of 5G technology nears, I’m excited to enter into this innovation partnership with Verizon which should again bring a multitude of benefits to our millions of fans worldwide,” said Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL.
Not only will the partnership offer in-stadium experiences the partnership also includes a mobile gaming challenge. Verizon and the NFL will call on game developers to create one or more NFL-themed mobile games powered by 5G. The game(s) will be designed to showcase the power of 5G in gaming by taking advantage of low latency to enable higher quality experiences.
“Today’s announcement is another milestone in Verizon’s long-standing relationship with the NFL. The innovation partnership will use Verizon’s 5G technology to unlock new and exciting ways for NFL fans to view, share and engage with their favorite teams no matter where they are. From the living room to the stadium, 5G will transform the sports experience,” said Hans Vestberg, CEO, Verizon.