How 5G Technology Will Transform 2020 Tokyo Olympics

5G has been around for some time now, but it has not been fully outdoored. While 4G has reduced the transfer period for data transfers si

5G has been around for some time now, but it has not been fully outdoored. While 4G has reduced the transfer period for data transfers significantly, 5G brings an end to the transfer waiting time. A full movie that would have taken minutes to transfer on the 4G network will now take a few seconds. This makes 5G over 10 times faster than the 4G.

5G will be really useful in developing AI and modern machineries such as drones, robots, and self-driving cars. It will also be essential in transferring huge data in real-time.

Asia is the continent driving the 5G network with South Korea in the lead. With the 2020 Olympics being held in one of Asia’s prominent countries, Japan, there is no doubt that a lot of activities and ideas will feature 5G. In fact, the major tech sponsors of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics promise to outdoor the capabilities of the network at this big sports event. Let’s get a sneak peek into some of the plans that already feature 5G and how the network will make the event even bigger and better.


Of course, Tokyo 2020 will be better and more welcoming if there is a well-planned hospitality schedule for visitors. There are going to be 5G powered robots to welcome visitors into the country. They will be at the airport to offer visitors the support they need to adjust and find their way around. These robots support multiple languages, and they will translate Japanese to visitors. The elderly visitors will also receive the support they need. These robots will help them to carry their luggage.

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony will also display some capabilities of 5G. According to Forbes, Toyota is preparing to outdoor a flying car for the ceremony. The car is intended to light the Olympic flames in a grand style. This car will be powered with 5G. In a bid to make the ceremony even more memorable, a startup in Japan also intends to create an artificial meteor shower for the occasion.

The project dubbed Sky Canvas has already taken shape as the company is launching a multitude of microsatellites. These satellites will release over 5000 pellets of different chemical compositions. The pellets, when released, will produce a spectacular multi-colored display that will forever stick in the minds of everyone who watches it.

Video Streaming

Visitors to the Olympics festival will not miss any sports action even if they are not in the stadium. 5G will be used to provide 360 degrees and 8K video streams of all sports actions. These video streams will provide the athlete’s point of view in real-time. Users also get to enjoy virtual reality viewing experiences.


Of course, with a huge number of people going into Japan for this sports festival, security must be paramount. If measures are not put in place, there may be some really violent or criminal situations that will mar the beauty of the event. Fortunately, the 5G network technology will aid in providing advanced security. There will be systems that will use advanced facial recognition systems and artificial intelligence (AI) to verify the identity of athletes, media personalities, staff, and event officials.

The facial recognition system will recognize several faces all at once. The system will help check the identity of over 300,000 people as swiftly as possible. People don’t need to wait in the summer heat for a long time to be checked before they enter the gate. Hence, there will be no long queues at gates for the Tokyo Olympics thanks to the 5G network and modern technology.

There will also be HD 4K security drones powered by the 5G network. These drones will act as surveillance cameras to ensure that every action taking place around the events centers are being captured. The drones will reduce the work load of the human guards. All these security measures have been tested, and they have recorded a high success rate.


Now let’s look at how the athletes will also enjoy access to 5G. What’s the Olympics event without the athletes. Of course, there should be some plans for them since they will be the focus of attention for the event. According to Aicha Evans, former Intel’s Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, athletes will get access to data and analytics that will help them to course-correct their training programs.

They will also get access to smart e-health services, AR/VR simulations, and wearables. All these will be optimized over the 5G network.


The hype about the 5G is due to the speed of this network. Since 5G is more than 10 times faster than 4G, we expect to see a transformation in how data and information is transferred during the event. It will influence broadcasting experiences as well as viewership experiences. It will also improve mobility and provide top-notch smart city applications.

Bottom Line 

The 2020 Olympics promises to offer a lot of technological advancements and swift network solutions powered by 5G. We hope that the tech partners and organizers who have made these promises will deliver to ensure that visitors enjoy a great experience.

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