Fox Sports is partnering with Ericsson, Intel and AT&T to deliver 4K coverage of this year’s US Open Championship golf tournament over 5G networks throughout the United States.
The 5G wireless technology will transmit 4K HDR images from two Fox Sports cameras positioned on the seventh hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.
The offering is part of the “Featured Holes” enhancement, available on USGA.com, DirecTV and the Fox Sports app.
The trial will be the first broadcast enabled using 5G technology from a leading US golf event.
Ericsson is providing the 5G radios, baseband, simulated network core, and 4K video encoder and decoder. The trial will use Intel’s 5G Mobile Platform, which acts as a wireless communication device capable of transmitting 1.6Gbs/s, it will be placed in a cart at the seventh hole to deliver the 5G to IP translation. The 5G connection will be delivered by AT&T using a millimetre wave spectrum.
“As we prepare for the launch of 5G networks, it is essential for us to test real-world business cases, such as for wireless streaming of 4K video at sporting events,” said Niklas Heuveldop, head of market area North America, Ericsson.
“In collaboration with our partners, Ericsson is proud to demonstrate this type of innovative entertainment solution, utilising both our networks and media technologies. This is just one eye-opening example of the increased relevance high performance wireless networks will have for delivering a superior consumer experience.”