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Intel to show off 5G network at 2018 Winter Olympics

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Intel plans to showcase 5G wireless networking technologies at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PeyeongChang, South Korea, in February. The network will demonstrate wireless data transfer speeds of gigabits per second, based on the pending 5G wireless standard.

That means that fans attending the Winter Olympics will be able to post all of the selfies and videos they want. 5G promises to disrupted wired Internet connections such as cable TV and modem service, or wired phone line services. My hope for 5G: I’ll be happy if our family can play games and watch Netflix on a wireless network without driving us bankrupt or slowing down our data network to a crawl.

“As mobility evolves beyond the smartphone, 5G is becoming one of the most impactful technology transformations we are likely to see in our lifetimes,” said Sandra Rivera, senior vice president and general manager of the network platforms Group at Intel, in a blog post. “It will bring seamless connectivity, massive computing capabilities and rapid access to the cloud together for the first time.”

Intel is one of the sponsors of the Winter Olympics, and it is working with South Korea’s KT to deliver a broad-scale 5G network for the duration of the games. That will require advances in networking, client technology, and the cloud. Beyond bringing wireless broadband at gigabit-plus speeds, 5G also promises ultra-low latency, meaning there are very short delays in interactions for things like games and livestreamed content.

Intel and KT will deliver a 5G showcase in Gangneung Olympic Park, in Gwanghwamoon, Seoul and at other Olympic venues across Korea. Intel is competing with rivals such as Qualcomm to create chips for 5G services.

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