5G set to revolutionise the sports industry
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About the research
The survey was conducted by independent consultancy Censuswide on behalf of Vodafone. 250 sports sector business decision-makers in the UK were surveyed in September 2019.
About the Vodafone Business Lounge at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Vodafone Business Lounge at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry – an innovation space to give businesses in the West Midlands access to digital expertise and an opportunity to experience the latest game-changing technologies. At the launch, guests were able to try some of the demos on permanent display at the Vodafone Business Lounge, including: a ‘Day in the life of 5G’ showcasing the impact 5G will have on the sports, retail and automotive industries, in collaboration with Ericsson; a 5G ‘drop goal’ VR experience; and a haptic suit that simulates the feeling of a rugby tackle.
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