The world of broadcasting is a constantly moving feast with changes happening all the time. One significant change is the introduction of 5G networks. In this section, we will provide further details on 5G broadcasting, including how these networks are more efficient and the impact they will have on broadcasting specifically. Let’s delve in…
What is 5G?
5G is the next generation in terms of mobile internet connectivity. You can expect more reliable Internet connections, as well as faster speeds. By combining the very latest research and cutting-edge technology, 5G should provide connections that are multitudes quicker than the connections we currently experience. Soon, it will be the norm to have an average download speed of around 1 GBps.
We have already seen 5G networks launch, although it is still very early days. Verizon became one of the first companies to do so. However, their 5G network is only available in certain areas. AT&T has rolled out 5G in a number of cities too. However, we are still very much in the early stages. We can expect 5G to really start to make some serious moves throughout 2020.
5G and broadcasting
Despite the fact that 5G networks are not universally available at the moment, we have already seen 5G broadcasting. This is something that has happened in the UK. BT Sport and EE conducted their first-ever 5G two-way broadcast at the end of 2018. Moreover, the EE Wembley Cup was the first-ever sporting event in the world to broadcast utilizing 5G-enabled remote production.
There is no denying that 5G is one of the most exciting progressions for broadcasters. There are a number of reasons why this is the case. When it comes to the production of live sports coverage, remote production is much more efficient. This means fewer camera operators are going to be needed at matches and events. Staff can work on a number of different events in one day because they can do so via a centralized location, rather than staff needing to all attend each event. To give you a better understanding of this, the National League in the UK is now entirely produced remotely. The greater speed and reliability that is offered by 5G makes this possible.
All in all, 5G is still very much in the early stages. There are still a lot of cities and places that do not even have access to 5G. However, you can expect this to change very soon. This is especially the case if broadcasters need to power remote production in your area. It is exciting to see what lies ahead in the development of 5G and the impact it has on production. Watch this space and keep tuned-in to our blog for all the latest developments.