SK Telecom to Offer World’s First Live TV Sports Broadcasting Using 5G Network

SK Telecom to Offer World’s First Live TV  Sports Broadcasting Using 5G Network Image Credit: SK Telecom

SK Telecom announced that it will offer live broadcast of a professional golf tournament using its commercial 5G network.

The Operator will showcase the live broadcast on on both JTBC Golf, a TV channel operated by JTBC, and ‘oksusu,’ Korea’s largest OTT video service. SK Telecom will broadcast live the golf tournament, 'SK Telecom Open 2019' on JTBC Golf for selective areas of the golf course. To realize live transmission of video taken by broadcast cameras on the field during the tournament over 5G network, the company has secured 5G coverage for the third, fourth and ninth holes of the course and equipped the cameras with a 5G module.

Traditional golf broadcasting involves the cumbersome process of installing wired cables throughout the golf course and having outside broadcasting (OB) vans send the video taken by on-field cameras to the master/sub control rooms of the broadcasting network. By removing the need for both costly OB vans and cables, 5G-based live broadcasting can bring innovative changes to the broadcasting field.

Kim Hyuk, VP and Head of 5GX Media Business Group, SK Telecom
As 5G-based live broadcasting is subject to no physical constraints, it can be widely utilized in areas including sporting events and on-site news reports. SK Telecom will continue to work closely with broadcasting networks to contribute to the advancement of the broadcasting system through 5G technologies.

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

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