BT Sport to broadcast EE Wembley Cup over new 5G network

Wembley Stadium and BT Sport will broadcast the first ever live sporting event over a 5G network at the 2018 EE Wembley Cup.

With the broadcaster demonstrating the use of the hotly-anticipated 5G technology, many will want to see how it is used to increase the amount of matches and highlights they can show by improving the speed.

The competition will be broadcast on Hashtag United’s YouTube channel over EE’s 5G network, and will be hosted by  Spencer Owen. It will be broadcast using the 5G test network inside Wembley, which will have a 3.4GHz spectrum from the 5G antenna and a 10Gbps backhaul link.

Jamie Hindhaugh, BT Sport’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “5G will next season enable BT Sport to deploy the most advanced remote production of any broadcaster.”

“BT Sport has a rich history of the latest broadcast innovations, whether it’s ultra-high-definition with Dolby Atmos or 360Virtual Reality.”

“It will allow us to cover more live matches from more leagues and competitions, and to bring fans highlights action closer to the final whistle than has ever been done before in the UK.”

Marc Allera, BT’s Chief Executive of Consumer Business, added: “This trial is another showcase of what our 5G network can do and is a big part of our continued investment in using 5G across the whole of BT Group.”

5G is an exciting new prospect and may well become the silver bullet that brings live sports streaming very much into the front and centre, so all eyes will once again be on Wembley this Sunday.

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