Europe Facilities | Instalaciones

Benfica’s Estadio da Luz now 5G

The 5G network enables an entertainment experience never experienced before. It will provide more than 65,000 fans at Sport Lisboa e Benfica’s Estadio da Luz mobile internet access that is, on average, 10 times faster than usual, with speeds of over 1 Gbps. Even at full capacity, spectators can download and upload images and videos almost instantaneously. Attendees can also look forward to having uninterrupted video calls.

When fans are allowed back into the Estadio Da Luz, their experience of watching Benfica matches will be radically enhanced in the following areas:

  • Access to immersive content, provided by the combination of 5G and technologies such as virtual or augmented reality;
  • Access to game or player statistics in real time;
  • Choose the angle from which to watch the game, activating in real time one of the many cameras used in the transmission, or
  • The possibility to transmit live video, in high quality and high definition.

Rui Costa, Vice-President of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, said, “Sport Lisboa e Benfica is a club where innovation is at the heart of its strategy and being the first 5G stadium is a source of price. This is a game-changing project. We are constantly striving to build deeper connections with our loyal fanbase and this new technology will bring Benfica even closer to its fans and supporters. It means an improved experience in this stadium, for all our supporters and for Benfica as an organisation”.

According to Manuel Ramalho Eanes, Executive Director of NOS, “this is a technological milestone of enormous relevance for NOS, both for building our leadership path in 5G and for the transformation of the Sport Lisboa e Benfica stadium into a highly digital and intelligent sports venue, unique in Portugal. When 5G is a reality, we want to be the first to deliver it to people and businesses. Football is a natural territory for the technology to develop, and so this partnership with Benfica makes perfect sense.”

Beyond just an enhanced fan experience, the NOS 5G network will have a direct impact on Benfica’s operation, allowing optimisation of communication between technical teams, accurate assessment of the players’ performance and access to real-time statistics and tactical analysis. At the same time, it will also benefit commercial services and entities related to the club, such as television broadcasts, restaurant services or ATMs.

5G in the Estádio da Luz is powered by a system of 5G antennas in each of the stands, which ensures full coverage of the public areas, and is complemented by a system of 5G cells to ensure VIP areas of the stadium, such as the Press Centre, the Presidential Box or the NOS Box receive excellent coverage.

The project to equip Estádio da Luz with 5G required over 6 months of work and included a team of twenty telecommunications professionals.

By Ken Russo

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