China’s National Youth Games claims 5G first

China’s ongoing National Youth Games has been heralded as the country’s first 5G sporting event through a project led by telecommunications companies ZTE and China Mobile.

The second edition of the multi-sport event got underway in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province, on August 8 and is due to run through to Sunday.

ZTE said its technology is being used in multiple venues for the Games, including the main stadium. This is providing the television audience with three distinctive 5G scenarios, including multi-angle views, flexible zooming, and free viewpoint.

Spectators at the Games are being offered a multi-angle live streaming app, while subscribers of the Shanxi branch of China Mobile can also access the real-time multi-angle UHD live events on its platform.

In a statement, ZTE said: “The application of 5G live TV solutions in the 2nd National Youth Games sets a great example for the future live streaming of sporting events.

“With the large-scale deployments of 5G networks and vigorous development of 8K/VR/AR video technologies, ZTE will continue to promote 5G live TV commercialisation in collaboration with partners, exploring the live streaming solutions, industry applications, and in-depth cooperation among industry players in the 5G scenario.”