SK Telecom completes live TV broadcast over 5G

03 Jan 2019

SK Telecom has completed the first live TV broadcast over its commercial 5G network and live broadcasting solution.

The operator ushered in 2019 with a live broadcast of Korea's largest New Year's event at the Bosingak pavilion in Seoul from around 11 minutes starting at midnight Korea Standard Time.

The live broadcast used SK Telecom's T Live Caster live broadcasting solution, which the operator has developed over a four year period.

T Live Caster is designed to enable live broadcasting of video taken by smartphones over channels including TV and personal broadcasting over 5G and LTE networks.

During the demonstration, video taken by smartphone cameras connected to a 5G mobile router was transmitted through 5G stations and entertainment channel XtvN's transmission system for cable and IPTV viewers of the channel.

Despite the highly congested data environment, the video was transmitted at a latency of less than one second, comparable to that of existing wired broadcasting systems.

“With today’s successful live TV broadcasting over commercial 5G network, SK Telecom ushers in a new era of 5G-based media services,” SK Telecom SVP and head of 5GX IoT/Data Group Choi Nak-hoon said.

“In this new era, individual creators will be able to provide high-quality live broadcast anytime, anywhere, via 5G smartphones.”

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