The 5G Insurgence
Digital Studio|December 2020
Is 5G the secret for the future of live video?
Anisha Gakhar

The metamorphosis of video distribution is underway. 2019 marked the advent of 5G; broadcasters began launching services and consumers became more aware. 5G was on course to add nearly US$2.2 trillion to the global economy between 2024 and 2034 and to account for 20% of all global connections by 2025. Today, Rise 5G of has indeed become a reality and is starting to be deployed at large.

The 5G network, which is defined by a set of global wireless standards, has been specifically designed to enable higher speed without sacrificing quality. According to Ericsson’s June 2020 Mobility Report, 45 percent of the world’s mobile data traffic will be carried by 5G networks by 2025.

In a global survey, conducted on behalf of Nevion, 82% of broadcasters believe that cellular networks like 5G will eventually replace traditional broadcast distribution such as DTT and satellite as the preferred way to access TV content, with over a third (37%) of these respondents expecting this to begin happening within 1 to 2 years.

WHAT’S IN STORE?

5G technology, along with promising ten twenty times faster connectivity than 4G, also facilitates more users to simultaneously interact, thus, enriching user experience. It also makes sure remote locations get higher quality video. Al in all, 5G is bringing in a new wave in every arena—from personalised services to superior outside broadcast.

A plethora of enhanced applications are being developed, to support 5G and its offerings. Consider better video quality and unlimited consumption on mobile devices, higher resolutions, supporting data-intensive 4K and 8K UHD, supporting immersive technologies such as 360-degree live video, virtual and augmented reality—with guaranteed bandwidth, high data speeds, low latency, and with other customisable features.

Another worthy feature is 5G’s network slicing capability, which allows communication service providers to set aside a portion of network resources exclusively for real-time video, which is extremely valuable for live video production, such as for sports, concerts, and other premium entertainment. 5G’s network slicing ability, where ‘slices’ of the network are reserved for a specific use, could also help to transform broadcast. This could theoretically make areas of the network exclusively available to broadcasters, so that their network capabilities would be unaffected by how busy the public network is. This provides broadcasters and content providers with the guaranteed throughput and low network latency that they need to deliver outstanding event coverage, in real-time. The key factor to be considered, for broadcasters and providers, is to leverage the eventually-maturing 5G augmentations, and to put to good use, the transformation of all media processing functions to cloud-native, thereby syncing workflows of technological advances for the successful integration and interoperability of new media applications.

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