Virgin Media O2 and Ericsson are working together on a 5G standalone mobile private network that will power a new augmented reality Children in Need games at venues across the UK.
As part of this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal, the charity is running a series of gaming tournaments across the UK offering gamers the chance to compete in a televised live finale.
The HADO Tournament for BBC Children in Need will visit eight different UK locations during October, with gamers competing on indoor courts using head-mounted displays and armband sensors.
The two companies are providing the 5G network for the tournament.
Winners from the regional heats in Barnsley, Bangor, Basingstoke, Belfast, Coventry, Edinburgh, London, and Newcastle will be invited to take part in a specially commissioned live final BBC TV show at Confetti X, a new Esports centre in Nottingham, airing on the BBC iPlayer and BBC Three on 10th November.
Speaking about the project, Jeanie York, chief technology officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “We are so proud to be playing a part in this year’s BBC Children in Need and using our services to make a real difference to the lives of deserving children across the UK. Next-generation 5G technology can transform gaming and by using it to support the HADO Tournament, we’re using the power of our network to make a positive impact on society while supporting this important cause.”
Katherine Ainley, CEO, Ericsson UK & Ireland added: “By bringing 5G to the HADO Tournament for BBC Children in Need we are showcasing the huge potential of 5G to power different industries, such as gaming, as well as helping to raise funds for a great cause and promote a positive and social future for children and young people.”