Infront claims 5G-broadcast first

01 Oct 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

Infront Productions has successfully tested a broadcast from a 5G-connected camera at the 2019 BMW Berlin marathon.

In partnership with Deutsche Telekom and marathon organiser SSC, the company claims this is the first time that a live broadcast has been realised on a public 5G network in Continental Europe. Two 5G-connected cameras were placed along the marathon route, while footage was able to be included in the live broadcast of the event.

Infront says that 5G coverage of future events would remove the need for a radio frequency camera set-up and rely on cloud-based servers, eliminating the need for relay planes and helicopters to transmit signals back to broadcast compounds or OB vans. 

Peer Seitz, Head of Production at Infront Productions, said: "It is apt that one of the first successful tests of 5G-connected camera technology has taken place at arguably the world's fastest marathon. This is a landmark moment in broadcasting and this successful test marks a first step towards providing our partners with a more sustainable and resource optimised broadcast. We couldn't be happier and we would like to thank our partners Deutsche Telekom and the BMW Berlin Marathon for their joint efforts."

Tiana Trumpa, 5G Product Manager at Deutsche Telekom, said: “5G will have a massive impact on live broadcasting productions, especially to replace traditional frequency-based camera systems, or when fibre or satellite are not available. 5G will allow higher quality and lower latency for live streams, and overall, create more flexibility for broadcast operations. At Deutsche Telekom we want to enable production companies to achieve this by providing the required network capabilities.”

Kenenisa Bekele won the event with the second-fastest marathon time ever recorded when he came home just two seconds shy of Eliud Kipchoge’s world record time of 2:01:39, set on the same course a year previously.