The Cologne-based technology and media company SPORTTOTAL AG, Telekom Deutschland and the regional soccer league club Bonner SC are testing the streaming of soccer matches using 5G mobile technology.
In a nationwide pilot project, SPORTTOTAL’s AI-based 180° camera will be equipped with a Telekom 5G module. Bonner SC will be able to stream home matches automatically in high quality on sporttotal.tv. Bonner SC is the first club to use the new technology in live operation. 5G will support SPORTTOTAL to connect additional sports clubs faster and easily.
“In this pilot project, our network can show off its strengths. It has the potential for a live soccer experience for many fans throughout Germany, despite the Corona pandemic,” Hagen Rickmann, director Business Telekom Deutschland, said.
The AI-based 180° camera developed by SPORTTOTAL will be equipped with a Telekom 5G module. The camera follows the match automatically and streams it live on sporttotal.tv. The latest mobile routers from Cradlepoint, optimally adapted to the 5G network, realize the required high data rates in the stadium. A wired broadband connection was previously necessary for a smooth video streaming.
In Germany, there are about 25,000 soccer clubs and about 90,000 sports clubs across all sports in the country. SPORTTOTAL already cooperates with four out of five regional soccer leagues as well as many other associations and clubs. SPORTTOTAL shows eight sports live or on demand on its multi-streaming platform sporttotal.tv. More than 750 clubs from Germany now stream match matches on sporttotal.tv.
Telekom operates the largest 5G network in Germany. “With our specially developed camera, we also offer not only a technologically outstanding product, but also an excellent price/performance ratio,” says Oliver Grodowski, CTO of SPORTTOTAL.