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Chile’s Pan American Games to set 5G first

Venues at next year’s edition of the Pan American Games multi-sport event in Santiago, Chile will be fitted with 5G technology, organisers have announced.

The move has been made possible after Chilean telecommunications company Subtel worked on 5G coordination and high-speed networks at venues last month.

The announcement comes almost two months after the 5G rollout began in Chile. Next year will mark the first edition of the Pan American Games to go ahead with the technology, with the initiative to also cover the Parapan American Games.

The rollout will provide the 1,500 accredited journalists attending the Games with greater connectivity at event venues. The technology will also extend to the athletes village.

Francisco Moreno, Chile’s Undersecretary of Telecommunications, said: “Chile is the first country in the region to deploy 5G technology nationwide and today, once again, telecommunications are at the forefront in our country.

“We will be pioneers in providing fifth-generation mobile technology coverage to the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, which will allow both attendees and athletes to live the experience of the new high-speed mobile network first hand.

“This important digital deployment will make it possible to work on security developments in stadiums, implement technologies such as big data and virtual reality, as well as other innovations that will undoubtedly provide important tools for sports practice and their fans.”

The 2019 Pan American Games took place in the Peruvian capital of Lima. After the 2023 edition in Santiago, the event will head to Barranquilla in Colombia in 2027.

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