The Saracens trial showed how 5G can offer major improvements to live broadcasts.
A private 5G network provides dedicated access - avoiding the need to share bandwidth with a public network, with the quality and reliability problems that can cause.
It’s also easier to broadcast wirelessly from multiple cameras. Additional features include a return path back from the network, offering functionalities such as talkback, camera control and monitoring - which aren’t available with traditional radio frequency solutions.
The result is that all the wireless technology is based around a single platform.
This experiment showed how key matchday cameras can be enabled to showcase the powerful broadcasting benefits of 5G and cloud-based technologies.
It also highlighted the considerable potential of M&B’s new Vena smart broadcast network and cloud technology in live sports coverage.
M&B is excited about the future of 5G in both sports and other areas of broadcasting.
As 5G becomes more widely used, further commercial opportunities are likely to arise. Trials like the one at Saracens are an essential part of an exciting onward journey and represent another key step forward in the drive to shape the future of broadcasting.
That’s why M&B will continue to develop 5G as part of our outside broadcast portfolio and to offer it as an end-to-end service to broadcast.