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AT&T, Ericsson, Intel Partner with Fox to Deliver Live 4K over 5G at US Open

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AT&T, Ericsson, Intel Partner with Fox to Deliver Live 4K over 5G at US Open Image Credit: Ericsson

FOX Sports, in cooperation with the Fox Innovation Lab and partners Ericsson, Intel and AT&T, is conducting the first test of 5G technology, streaming 4K video over 5G, for broadcast in the U.S. at this year’s U.S. Open in June.

The groundbreaking trial, the first 5G broadcast from a premier U.S. golf event, allows FOX Sports to take advantage of a true 5G live test environment for 4K image capture, processing and streaming U.S. Open video to multiple platforms to showcase a powerful use case for reducing live production costs, while enabling high-definition broadcasting to scale.

Ericsson is providing the 5G radios, baseband, simulated network core, and 4K video encoder and decoder.

Intel is providing the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, a compact device capable of transmitting 1.6Gbs/s, that allows fast field and interoperability testing of 5G networks and equipment. It will be at the seventh hole to deliver the 5G to IP translation.

AT&T will use millimeter wave spectrum to deliver the 5G connection. AT&T also plans to be the first U.S. carrier to launch standards-based, mobile 5G services to customers in a dozen cities, including parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, later this year.

Niklas Heuveldop, Head of Market Area North America, Ericsson
As we prepare for the launch of 5G networks, it is essential for us to test real-world business cases, such as for wireless streaming of 4K video at sporting events.

Melissa Arnoldi, President, AT&T Technology & Operations
We believe live sports will be transformed by 5G – whether it’s virtual and augmented realities for those watching from afar or how connected sensors could help analyze golf swings, wind conditions, even the speed of greens for the golfer in future U.S. Opens.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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