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T-Mobile and CBS Sports tee off with first 5G solutions at the PGA

CBS Sports will be able to use 5G-connected cameras for its coverage of the Valhalla Golf Club tournament

T-Mobile has announced it will be deploying 5G solutions at this year’s PGA Championship, the first time the technology will be implemented into live broadcast golf.

The company will provide its 5G Advanced Network Solutions (ANS), enabling PGA of America to leverage the sport’s first private 5G network in the US as it aims to increase operational efficiencies and provide enhanced broadcast experiences. CBS Sports will use 5G-connected cameras for its coverage of the Valhalla Golf Club tournament, which takes place from 15-19 May.

T-Mobile’s 5G network and Sony PDT-FP1 portable data transmitters combined with Sony’s ultra-low latency encoders/decoders aim to deliver fibre-like transmission speeds with a reduction in the amount of cabling and wiring required, said the company, with Sony FX6 cameras providing glass-to-glass latency averaging less than 100 milliseconds.

Callie Field, president, T-Mobile Business Group, said: “Sports organisations typically come to T-Mobile to see if 5G can help them enhance operations, the fan experience, or the event broadcast, and we’re delivering all of the above and more at the PGA Championship. 5G firsts are always exciting, but it’s so rewarding to see how our T-Mobile for Business solutions are making a tangible difference — from making it easier for producers to capture and create amazing new broadcast moments to helping fans experience even more action.”