SK Telecom conducted the first live TV broadcast over 5G

SK Telecom has achieved yet another historic first after conducting a live TV broadcast over a commercial 5G network.

The largest mobile network in South Korea broadcasted the country’s new year celebrations. In addition to a countdown, interviews were conducted at the historic Bosingak bell pavilion.

Bosingak was first used during the Joseon Dynasty in 1619 to mark the opening of the gates to start each day, and the subsequent closing at the end. It’s an important part of South Korean history and people gather at the bell to ring in a new year.

Choi Nak-hoon, VP and head of 5GX IoT/Data Group at SK Telecom, said:

"With today’s successful live TV broadcasting over commercial 5G network, SK Telecom ushers in a new era of 5G-based media services.

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

The 5G broadcast lasted for around eleven minutes and was streamed live on the XtvN entertainment channel at 00:00 (Korean Standard Time) on January 1st, 2019.

SK Telecom’s broadcast was deemed a success. High-quality video was streamed with under a second latency despite broadcast from an extremely congested environment.

The broadcast demonstrated SK Telecom’s dedicated ‘T Live Caster’ solution which enables live broadcasting of video taken by smartphones over 5G and LTE networks. Smartphones with T Live Caster installed, and connected to 5G mobile routers, were used to capture the Bosingak event.

Last month, Telecoms reported SK Telecom achieved yet another milestone as the first operator to make a 5G video call using a Samsung phone.

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