Train2Game News Vodafone And Hatch Team Up For 5G

Premium game streaming platform Hatch and multinational telecommunications brand Vodafone, are collaborating to bring cloud gaming to select European markets.

To start with, all Vodafone pay monthly customers in the UK will have complimentary access to Hatch Premium for three months from July 3, when Vodafone’s 5G network is switched on.

After this, they can enjoy the world’s first cloud-based mobile gaming platform for £6.99 a month.

Built for 5G, Hatch allows gamers to play instantly with no downloads, updates, ads or in-game purchases to interrupt gameplay.

With unlimited access to more than 100 premium mobile games including Angry Birds and Monument Valley, the award winning Crashlands and the exclusive Hatch Original Arkanoid Rising, Hatch Premium subscribers can also connect with friends, follow live leaderboards and join live tournaments. Hatch Premium also unlocks Hatch Kids, a separate area within Hatch that is a safe space for kids to play, create and learn.

“Vodafone is in the vanguard in Europe rolling out 5G infrastructure and leading the charge on a new generation of 5G-enabled consumer services,” says Gunjan Garg, Hatch’s Director of Commercial Partnerships.

“We are natural partners and we can’t wait to show Vodafone customers a new way to play great games on demand, anytime and anywhere.”

“We’re excited to be teaming up with the world’s first cloud-based mobile gaming platform and give our customers an extra experience over 5G for no extra cost,” says Stefano Parisse, Group Director Products and Services at Vodafone Group.

“Playing games on the go from the cloud is a great example of how 5G can transform an everyday activity and this exclusive new partnership is excellent news for our customers – now they can stream over 100 games from the cloud with instant reaction times and no lag or drop outs.”

Details of Hatch availability to Vodafone customers in other markets will be announced in due course.

Train2Game News: University of Surrey starting development on 5G

University of Surrey received £35 million to set up development of the new mobile technology, 5G. This follows the recent launch of 4G.

The money has been invested by mobile operators, infrastructure providers and the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund. The University has said the money will be used to create a 5G Innovation Centre.

The new 5G Centre will provide a unique facility which will attract international telecoms giants to conduct research and development on new 5G standards in the UK.

Prof Rahim Tafazolli, professor of mobile wireless communications and the director of Surrey University’s Centre for Communications Systems Research, said: “The boundaries between mobile communication and the internet are blurring, so the fifth generation is internet on the move

“4G for us is old hat. We started working on 4G 10 years ago.

“Statistics showed mobile data traffic is soaring. It looks like every year the traffic is doubling. Unfortunately capacity is not. We need to come up with technology, within the limited radio spectrum that we have, to accommodate this huge surge

“5G would be in place by the year 2020. What we have is good for the next 10 years but we need to be progressive, we can’t be complacent, the area is extremely dynamic.”

The release of 4G recently has meant that mobile games can be bigger, holding more content with no worry of the download speed being affected. The news of 5G being developed solidifies mobiles as a viable gaming platform for many years to come.