How 5G Could Change the Sports Broadcasting and Viewing Experience

To begin with, boosting video transmission speeds by 10 to 100 times

Every year, Fox Sports temporarily installs 39 miles of fiber optic cable throughout the golf course hosting the U.S. Open Championship. The expensive rigging is the only way for the network to transmit live, high-definition video from far-flung holes to its central production trucks in a timely enough manner.

Or it was, until last year, when Fox Sports teamed with AT&T, Intel and Ericsson to test replacement of terrestrial lines with 5G wireless service, the nascent next generation of cell service that’s expected to boost speeds by 10 to 100 times what’s currently available.



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This story first appeared in the Feb. 4, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.