TVU Networks Wins GSMA’s 5G Innovation Challenge
TVU Networks was selected as a GSMA 5G Industry Challenge winner in the 5G Innovation Challenge category based on its submission, “How 5G Lowers the Barriers for Live Broadcast.”
The GSMA (Groupe Spécial Mobile Association) represents the worldwide mobile communications industry. TVU Networks was also a runner up in GSMA’s Entertainment category and participated in Spain’s 5G Catalonia project for which telecom provider and TVU partner Cellnex Telecom received a GSMA Foundry Excellence Award. The GSMA 5G awards was presented during the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.
The GSMA 5G Industry Challenge launched last summer to build on the success of the GSMA 5G Transformation Hub, which showcases innovative 5G solutions and now includes more than 50 case studies. The Challenge is designed to show how industries across the globe are making the most of 5G and to recognize those leading the way with the most innovative use cases.
“We’re thrilled to recognize the organizations that are innovating and pushing boundaries with exciting 5G solutions. 5G is helping businesses and societies run more efficiently and more productively, improving convenience and delivering richer experiences in a variety of areas,” said Alex Sinclair, chief technology officer, GSMA. “The 5G Industry Challenge winners are truly leading the way and we thank all of our winners—all of our entrants should be proud of their achievements.”
“We’re honored with this selection,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “Partnering with 5G technology leaders like Qualcomm, we’ve successfully implemented 5G-based live video transmission solutions for broadcasters, which has brought revolutionary changes to the industry. The power of 5G connectivity is very visible in live production where it can radically reduce crew and travel costs for broadcasters. Our innovations in video-over-IP technology align perfectly with recent 5G network breakthroughs. TVU continues to innovate and collaborate on 5G development, transforming it for the industry and delivering future solutions. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with our 5G partners on future initiatives that showcase the transformative power of 5G.”
GSMA 5G Industry Challenge judge David Pringle added, “With more than 1,000 customers using 5G to slash the cost of capturing live video feeds, TVU is pointing the way to a future in which high-speed cellular connectivity makes it possible for everyone from charities to amateur theater groups to football teams and cycling clubs to broadcast live footage from their events. Rather than resting on its laurels, TVU is now exploring how 5G mmWave could meet the demand for highly immersive 8K footage from multiple angles.”
The six category winners were selected from more than 36 nominations. In addition to the winning entries, GSMA will be recognizing the great work that is happening around the world by publishing many of the nominations as case studies on the GSMA 5G Transformation Hub.
The strengthened bonded cellular connections, sub-second latency, and increased signal quality of TVU’s technology provide an ideal solution for multi-camera live production over 5G in the GSMA Foundry Excellence Award-winning 5G Catalonia project. The initiative is part of Spain’s 5G Catalonia project—one of several 5G pilot development grants awarded by Red.es looking to energize 5G transmission in the Barcelona region.
Watch the video below to get a behind-the-scenes look at the 5G Catalonia Project.
The live production demonstrated the expansive capacity of the TVU ecosystem within a 5G network, including the ability to transport and edit multiple HD signals remotely with a high-quality, low-latency broadcast output. Cellnex Telecom who supplied the 5G network will receive the award.
“I am extremely happy that the 5G Catalonia project is being recognized with a GSMA Foundry Excellence Award,” said Richard Cockle, head of GSMA Foundry. “They have produced seven remarkable use cases which showcase the real life benefits of 5G technology and how it can be used in everyday life. With this high impact initiative they have shown outstanding innovation and achievement.”