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Press Release | 13 Jun 2019

Vodafone’s 5G network will revolutionise mobile gaming on the go

Vodafone’s 5G network will revolutionise mobile gaming on the go

MOBILE GAMING INDUSTRY SET TO DOUBLE IN SIZE

 

  • Gaming expert, Syndicate, puts Vodafone’s 5G network to the test in a live demo in Birmingham
  • Leading Computer Science academic predicts that mobile gaming in the UK will double with the advent of 5G
  • Vodafone’s new partnership with the cloud gaming platform Hatch gives customers three months of Hatch Premium free
  • 5G will bring low latency and speeds up to ten times faster than 4G to mobile gaming
  • The UK Gaming industry is worth £3.86 billion, which accounts for more than half of the UK’s entertainment market

Vodafone demonstrated the power of its 5G network at the Bullring in Birmingham yesterday by inviting YouTube sensation, Tom Cassell (Syndicate), to test-run a number of cloud-based games from Hatch, the cloud gaming platform. The games were live streamed via Vodafone’s 5G network, allowing super quick response times and zero lag. Birmingham City University students, studying Games Development and Computer Science also put the new network to the test as they took on gaming pro, Syndicate.

The UK Gaming industry is worth £3.86 billion, which accounts for more than half of the UK’s entertainment market. Gaming over 5G delivers a seamless experience on the go, with speeds up to ten times faster than previously possible on mobile. 5G provides gamers with a low latency connection, meaning they will have a much smoother and more responsive gaming experience with no lag, buffering or dropouts. Combining the greater capacity of the 5G network and cloud gaming platform Hatch will give customers an amazing mobile gaming experience that they can rely on.

When asked about 5G gaming on the go, YouTuber Tom Cassell said: “5G is completely changing the landscape when it comes to gaming on the go. The lower latency and the faster speeds available on 5G make it easier to play higher intensity online games such as Fortnite, as well as streaming games in real-time on Hatch.”

Prof Mak Sharma, Professor in Computer Science Education at Birmingham City University observed demo and said:Mobile gaming has increased at least 10% year on year for the last 10 years. It rose 14% last year and with the advent of 5G I predict that it will almost double in the next couple of years.”

Max Taylor, Consumer Director at Vodafone UK said: “Vodafone’s 5G network will revolutionise gaming on the go. It will mean customers can enjoy super-fast speeds with no delays when they are gaming on the move. And our new partnership with Hatch means customers can enjoy a huge range of games wherever they are.”

Pay monthly and pay-as-you-go customers will both get three months’ free access to Hatch Premium, once Vodafone’s 5G network is switched on*.

Hatch is built for the 5G network, allowing gamers to play instantly with no downloads, updates or adverts to interrupt play. Subscribers have access to more than 100 premium mobile games. Vodafone customers who sign up through the VeryMe Rewards app will be able to connect and game against friends.

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

*Vodafone will be launching its 5G network on 3rd July in seven cities, with 5G live in a total of 19 towns and cities by the end of 2019.

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line connections, home and office broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Having made the UK’s first mobile phone call and sent the first text message, Vodafone has a history as a tech pioneer. In 2018 we made the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G, and were first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. We now have 5G in more places than anyone else, with multiple locations now live across the UK and the rest of Europe.

Today we serve more than 18 million mobile and fixed line customers in the UK, with 4G network coverage at 99%.  Our customers voted us the UK’s Best Mobile Network at the 2018 Trusted Reviews Awards – for the second year in a row. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

Connectivity is at the heart of what we do as it gives us a huge opportunity for good. We are using our network, products, talents and technology to help society prosper and respond to significant social and environmental issues.  Our free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families and schools across the UK to navigate the online world safely. Meanwhile, the Vodafone Foundation’s work with researchers at Imperial College is developing personalised cancer treatment using the processing power of smartphones.

We are part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest technology communications companies, with mobile operations in 26 countries, partnerships with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.  As of 30 September 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers – including all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates.

For more information about Vodafone UK, please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk

 

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