Fox Sports announced plans to test a 5G network at the US Open this year to deliver 4K video from the golf tournament. Its partners in the project are AT&T, Intel and Ericsson.
The 5G network will transmit 4K HDR images from two Fox Sports cameras positioned on the golf course through the Fox Sports production truck, making it available to the broadcaster and its viewers through DirecTV. In the future, 5G could possibly be used to deliver real-time virtual reality views from the course to viewers, Fox said.
The system is similar to that tested by Intel and partners at the Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea earlier this year. Intel is providing the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, a compact device capable of transmitting 1.6Gbps, that allows fast field and interoperability testing of 5G networks and equipment. Ericsson is providing the 5G radios, baseband, simulated network core, and 4K video encoder and decoder.