5G technology tested at Scotland 5G Centre supported live broadcast of Coronation for over 20 major broadcasters
5G technology tested at the Scotland 5G Centre’s rural testbed in Loch Lomond, was deployed with BBC Research & Development to support the live broadcast of His Majesty King Charles III’s Coronation.
The temporary private 5G standalone network, which was deployed by the University of Strathclyde and spin-out company Neutral Wireless, was the largest of its kind at the Coronation. The network was used by 20 major broadcasters, including the BBC, CNN, Sky and CBS.
The 5G technology delivered one gigabyte per second of uncontested wireless connectivity carrying high-definition video from wireless cameras to production facilities around the world.
Early design and testing of the network took place at the Scottish Government funded Scotland 5G Centre’s rural testbed at Ross Priory in Loch Lomond and involved key partners from the broadcast and media production industry.
Last year, the University of Strathclyde and Neutral Wireless rolled out the world’s first ‘private 5G’ network technology that supported the live broadcast of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s final departure from Scotland.
Innovation minister Richard Lochhead said: “The Scottish Government’s investment via our Scotland 5G Centre has made it possible for the Neutral Wireless team to break a new world record by broadcasting such a historic occasion to millions of people around the world over a 5G network.
“This outstanding achievement demonstrates once again how 5G technology can help transform Scotland’s economy by driving innovation and enhancing our global competitiveness.”
Ian Sharp, head of business development at the Scotland 5G Centre, said: “The Coronation filming shows the enormous scope of 5G technology, being trusted to facilitate the worldwide broadcast of a historical moment. While all eyes were on London, behind the scenes, Scottish innovation and testing in the S5GC rural testbed at Loch Lomond helped the broadcast of this important day to go smoothly. This achievement showcases the transformative potential of 5G, as well as the need for testbed facilities and innovation hubs to support industry with real-world applications.”
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