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Fox Sports buoyed by US Open 5G test

Shinnecock Hills study indicates broadcaster could save millions with wireless tech.

by Steven Impey

Fox Sports buoyed by US Open 5G test

Fox Sports was able to deliver a cleaner and faster broadcast of the US Open, according to results of a trial of 5G livestreaming from the golf event, via DirecTV.

The Fox Innovation Lab, Fox’s research and development (R&D) suite, has released details from a study designed to test the use of mmWave 5G cellular technology to stream 4K video for a nationwide broadcast from Shinnecock Hills, New York, in June.

Working alongside AT&T, Ericsson, and Intel, results from the study – 5G at the U.S. Open: Live Streaming Without the Handicap – revealed that the companies were able to deliver higher amounts of data without delay, while removing the need for running fibre.

“While this was a fairly simple trial, it indicated that 5G is a technology that could drive the savings of millions of dollars over the course of a production year in terms of fibre deployment and backhaul transmission,” said Mike Davies, Fox Sports senior vice president of technical and field operations.

The study also demonstrated sustained uplink speeds of more than 300 Mbps while containing latency to below 10 milliseconds. Danny Kaye, managing director of the Fox Innovation Lab, added that the result will help inform more complex use in the future.