5G has long been lauded as the answer to enabling effective immersive and virtual experiences. The Vodocam Durban horserace has been the first instance in Africa where 5G has enabled a live sport broadcast in Virtual Reality.
The first VR experience showcased the high speed and low latency capabilities of 5G and used 4K video cameras to record and stream live, immersive footage from two different positions at the Greyville racecourse where the annual Vodacom Durban July horserace is held.
Each of these cameras will broadcast a live, 360 degree feed over 5G back to the Vodacom hospitality suite, where guests can experience the feeds from the racecourse through VR headsets, and be virtually transported into the live scenes from the day's races.
A second 5G-enabled related VR experience will also be demonstrated in the form of a VR penalty shootout, where high speeds and super-low latency are both critical to the reality of the experience
"Our future will be characterised by a range of new technologies that are fusing our physical and digital worlds. Robotics and super-realistic virtual & augmented reality are characteristic of this era, these new technologies require the high speed and low latency that only a 5G network can deliver." Andries Delport, Chief Technology Officer, Vodacom"
Vodacom's 5G VR showcases at the Vodacom Durban July illustrate the opportunities and use cases which could be made available through a 5G network.