5G live streaming to help improve motor racing experiences

Thursday, 29 August, 2019

5G live streaming to help improve motor racing experiences

Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom have successfully demonstrated that 5G can be used to improve spectators’ motor racing experiences.

The demonstration, held at the Korea International Circuit racetrack, used Samsung Networks’ end-to-end 5G mmWave solutions (including 5G New Radio base stations) and SK Telecom’s live broadcasting solution, T Live Caster 5G, to stream video from the track in real time.

According to Samsung, the trial verified stable performance of live downloads, uploads and handovers between 5G cell sites on the racetrack while the racing car moved at around 210 km/h, reaching download speeds of up to 1 Gbps and demonstrating capacity for multi-gigabit downloads on a 5G service inside a racing car using 200 MHz bandwidth of 28 GHz spectrum.

Samsung said 5G’s high speeds, instantaneous communications and seamless handovers allow for a more effective and safer way to transfer video to and from cars accelerating up to 200–370 km/h. It would also allow cameras built into the cars’ cockpits to stream real-time video via 5G wireless links — effectively putting spectators in the driver’s seat — particularly if viewed through virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or 360° streams.

“Samsung is at the forefront with global operators in bringing 5G benefits to consumers, industries and societies by helping them deliver 5G commercial networks. This trial is a great example of taking a user experience and the racing industry to new heights,” said Samsung Electronics’ Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Networks Business, Jaeho Jeon.

SK Telecom’s Chief Technology Officer and Head of ICT R&D Center, Park Jin-hyo, added: “5G commercial service means much more than just faster speeds. It is a vital engine in transforming digital landscapes to bring enhanced and new business models that had only lived in our imagination.

“We will continue to work closely with Samsung in pushing the limits of legacy technology and maximising the power of the 5G network.”

Samsung’s technology has been commercially used in the United States since the first half of this year.

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