We’re also innovating in other ways. Many of you will be familiar with our award-winning 5G initiatives, which reached new heights in 2022. Using the power of 5G technology, we were able to deliver truly engaging broadcast experiences, placing sports fans at the very heart of the action.
In May, BT Media and Broadcast smoothly executed its first 5G trial at the StoneX Stadium. Alongside BT Sport, we worked to build a 5G private network enabling wireless, untethered cameras to integrate into a single platform for an end-to-end live broadcast of a Saracens and Northampton Saints rugby match.
Building on this success, we facilitated the BBC’s coverage of the Commonwealth Games in August, using a second 5G private network - the first time the technology was deployed at this scale across Europe.
And it doesn’t stop there. Our IBC Accelerator project, 5G Production in the Middle of Nowhere, demonstrated that a highly portable ‘network in a box’ - pairing 5G non-public networks with Low-Earth Orbit satellite systems - can broadcast from the most remote locations back to production galleries or the cloud. For our customers of all sizes, 5G means the ability to scale up and down in a cost-effective way. With this in mind, don’t be surprised to see Low Earth Orbits in our TV Outside Broadcast fleet shortly.
As you can see, our ambitions are vast - and this is just the beginning. There are so many aspects of the broadcast ecosystem where BT Media and Broadcast has a role to play. Reflecting on the past 12 months, we have rewritten chapters in the playbook, but there are many more chapters to go.