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.