Deutsche Telekom and RTL Deutschland have started testing live video production in their 5G standalone network.
The project uses network slicing to explore the possibilities of high-quality broadcasting using smartphones. By dividing the 5G network into logically separate sections, journalists can broadcast data-intensive video signals with the necessary bandwidths technically assured, said the two companies.
The current tests are running on commercial grade Ericsson 5G Standalone (SA) infrastructure in the 3.6 gigahertz frequency. The two partners are developing the pilot project in laboratories in Bonn and checking the 5G solution in a test environment in Berlin.
“This 5G solution will revolutionise mobile journalism,” said Claudia Nemat, Deutsche Telekom board member responsible for technology and innovation. “With RTL Deutschland, we have an innovative partner at our side. We are testing the new 5G solution together and thus taking the needs of journalists into account at an early stage.”
“The development of innovative technologies is an important pillar in our strategy to inform and entertain our viewers and users in the best possible way,” added Matthias Dang, co-CEO, RTL Deutschland. “Relevant journalism is highly up-to-date and particularly happens on the go. This is especially true for breaking news. Real-time video with 5G makes these mobile TV reports even more accessible.
“In our tests, Telekom’s 5G standalone network was able to exceed the high demands of TV operations in terms of signal transmission. The network is secure and reliable. And this innovation ties in seamlessly with the use of smartphones. It enables our journalists to focus even more on what counts: reporting independent news from any location at any time.”