Tokyo 2020 unveils spectator viewing experiences deploying 5G technology

Artist’s rendition created in cooperation NTT DOCOMO.
Artist’s rendition created in cooperation NTT DOCOMO.

Ultra-fast technology to provide new angles at three venues

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) is pleased to announce that in cooperation with Intel Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), and NTT DOCOMO, Inc., it will showcase innovative sports viewing experiences deploying the very latest 5G technology at three competition venues during the Tokyo 2020 Games.

These brand-new sports viewing experiences will allow spectators to enjoy events in hitherto unimaginable ways. These will include broadcasts of ultra-high resolution videos and simultaneous multipoint videos leveraging the high-speed and capacity offered by 5G technology, as well as an AR experience that takes advantage of 5G’s low latency. These facilities will be at the respective venues for sailing, swimming and golf. These unique offerings are the result of support by NHK and the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association, and technology provided by Intel Corporation, NTT and NTT DOCOMO.

Artist’s rendition created in cooperation with NTT.
Artist’s rendition created in cooperation with NTT.

5G x Ultra-Realistic Communication Technology at sailing venue

Installation Period: Sunday 25 July - Wednesday 4 August
Place: Spectators area at the sailing venue: Enoshima Yacht Harbor

Spectators at sailing events have traditionally watched from nearby piers, often using binoculars. However, at the Tokyo 2020 Games, they will experience the events as if watching from the VIP seats on a cruise ship, or even closer. Using ultra-realistic communication technology, 12K resolution video will be broadcast on a 50m screen floating on the water of the Enoshima Yacht Harbour, giving spectators the sensation of the races being held right in front of their eyes. A similar broadcast will be provided simultaneously at the Big Sight in Tokyo, the location of the Tokyo 2020 Main Press Centre, aimed at providing the media with a more realistic viewing experience.

Artist’s rendition created in cooperation NTT DOCOMO.
Artist’s rendition created in cooperation NTT DOCOMO.

5G x AR at swimming venue

Installation Period: Sunday 25 July - Tuesday 27 July, Friday 27 August – Sunday 29 August
Place: Specific seats at the swimming venue: Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Spectators in specific seats at swimming competitions will be provided with wearable AR devices which will display detailed race information during events. Using ultra-fast 5G technology, data will be transmitted swiftly to the AR devices and spectators will be offered the brand new experience of watching swimming competitions amid the excitement of the live venue while being offered detailed event information in real time.

Artist’s rendition created in cooperation with NTT DOCOMO.
Artist’s rendition created in cooperation with NTT DOCOMO.

5G x Multi-live broadcast at golf venue

Installation Period: Saturday 31 July - Sunday 1 August, Friday 6 August – Saturday 7 August
Place: Fanzone at the golf venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club

Fans of golf have different preferences when it comes to watching events at the course. Some like to watch from a fixed spot, while others prefer to follow their favourite players around the course. To meet these different needs, Tokyo 2020 will provide a variety of innovative viewing experiences. Taking advantage of 5G's high-speed large-capacity and low-latency technology, spectators at Tokyo 2020 golf events will be able to individually select and watch live videos of the action at multiple locations on rental devices provided by the organiser.