The European Union (EU) and the UK have officially approved the 6GHz frequency band to be utilised in Teradek’s Bolt 6 Series of products, ushering in a new era of low-interference, zero-delay wireless connectivity for European productions, the company has announced.
Existing Bolt 6 users can receive a free firmware upgrade, immediately enabling operation in the newly-approved 6GHz frequency band while preserving compatibility with Bolt 4K systems in 5GHz, it added.
“Our technical teams worked extremely hard to make Bolt 6 the industry’s first and only 6GHz solution, and now European productions can finally take full advantage of 12 new channels in the new UNII-5 band,” says Greg Smokler, VP of cine [roducts at Creative Solutions. “It’s hard to understate how impactful these new channels will be to on-set wireless performance; productions will realise that they can achieve excellent connectivity in locations that used to be absolute RF nightmares.”
According to Teradek, the opening of unlicensed 6GHz spectrum represents a significant leap forward in wireless connectivity, offering users a wealth of untapped bandwidth while retaining full compatibility with Bolt 4K on traditional 5GHz bands.
Bolt 6 can utilise twelve 40MHz channels in the 6GHz UNII-5 frequency band, in addition to the industry-standard 5GHz channels used by Bolt 4K systems, doubling the total number of frequencies available in any production environment.
The 6GHz Mode is now available on all Bolt 6 XT and LT models (750, 1500, and MAX) that have been upgraded to the latest firmware (4.3.4). Users can upgrade their Bolt 6 systems by using the most recent Bolt Manager app (3.6.31) for Mac and Windows, said the company.
Bolt 6 LT HDMI models and Monitor Modules will receive 6GHz firmware updates later this year.