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Viewers of the BBC’s flagship morning news and current affairs show Breakfast were treated to a slice of history on this morning of 30 May in the form of the UK’s first live TV contribution over a public 5G mobile network.
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 On the launch date of the EEs  next-gen infrastructure 5G network , BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones covered the launch of the UK’s first 5G network from Covent Garden in central London with the report captured on his mobile beamed back the BBC’s New Broadcasting House over the very same 5G network and then played out live in the show.

To make the trial possible, specialised 5G modems were connected to BBC News cameras to take advantage of the new 5G network. The trial also allowed the teams to explore different encoding options to compress the video, allowing it to be sent back to New Broadcasting House, and decompressing it for live playout.

This marked the first time a public 5G network in the UK has been used by a production team for a live TV programme and, said EE owner BT, demonstrated the potential that 5G has in broadcast production. Unlike with the case of 4G, the 5G trial equipment required only one connection, reducing both the complexity and cost of the production.

BT added that over time the internet will play an increasingly important role in all aspects of broadcasting: from such production scenarios used by breakfast, to the way content is distributed and consumed. “We are delighted to demonstrate the power and innovation that 5G can bring to the media and broadcasting industry through our trial with the BBC,” remarked Alex Tempest, managing director, wholesale at BT.

“Whether on the street, in a stadium or on location, 5G provides a new dimension that can deliver the speed, efficiency and reliability that outside broadcasting requires. And gives broadcasters the ability to deploy equipment quickly and with ease, without having to worry about the connection.”

Added BBC chief technology and product officer Matthew Postgate: “This is an excellent example of how the BBC experiments with cutting-edge technology to improve how we make programmes. 5G is a hugely interesting area for us to explore, with potential to reduce the cost and complexity of outside broadcasts, and as a way of delivering content to audiences in the future. The internet will play a bigger role in broadcasting and we’re pioneering the techniques, standards and ways of working to truly take advantage of it.”