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Belgian national broadcaster tests private 5G

The RTBF teamed up with mobile operator Proximus to trial the technology.

The technology was trialled during the broadcast of a charity event called “Viva for Life”. During this full-scale test, a temporary private 5G network was set up in the municipality of Bertrix to connect two remote-controlled cameras.

Footage from these cameras was then fed to the RTBF’s control room on the event site. These two panoramic cameras were connected to a 5G network dedicated to the RTBF, while the audience on site got to watch the live feed on a screen connected to a 5G router.

The 5G setup for the 2023 Viva For Life edition did not replace the RTBF’s wired installations, but allowed for testing the use, performance and stability of such an infrastructure during a six-day live event. During these tests, the RTBF validated several use cases, hardware and protocols using 5G technology, including remote control, video streaming, mobile (wireless) cameras, remote-controlled cameras, live feed screens, image quality, and latency.

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