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Portugal’s first 5G stadiums upgrade their coverage with TVU

Lisbon, Portugal—At Ibertelco, where we provide the Portuguese media market with turnkey equipment, solutions and services, we strongly believe in the capabilities of 5G and the improvements it brings, especially in live sports coverage.

With 5G, the network capacity can handle a much greater volume of data in the stadium, providing a superior experience for fans in the stands and those watching from home. Those in the stands can choose the angle from which to view the match or activate one of the broadcast cameras, among other more immersive activities.

A large-scale 5G sports project took place in the spring of 2021 when our client, the Portuguese telecommunications provider NOS, was asked to supply Portugal’s first 5G stadiums, Estádio da Luz and Estádio José Alvalade, with video streaming solutions on IP.

NOS equipped both stadiums with a comprehensive 5G communications infrastructure and technologies from TVU Networks were used to provide additional camera angles, live holographic interviews and smartphone-generated sports coverage in these 5G-enabled stadiums.

5G technical support
With TVU Networks, we have found a partner who can provide the level of IP transmission reliability and technical support required for large-scale broadband innovation. For the recent 5G stadium application, we selected four TVU One 5G mobile transmitters and three 5G mobile phones with the TVU Anywhere app to deliver live, high-definition, low-latency video from the field to four TVU transceivers dual channel to an OB van on site. From there, the signals were streamed and broadcast to viewers around the world.

In addition to its typical 18-camera coverage, Portuguese broadcaster Benfica TV (BTV) added seven 5G streams to its May 6 broadcast from Estádio da Luz (SL Benfica v FC Porto). 5G cameras were placed in areas not accessible with manned wired cameras, such as near the goal; a footbridge at the top of the stadium; the locker room tunnel to the field and next to the players’ benches.

During the game in which Sporting CP won the La Liga NOS title on May 11 at the Estádio José Alvalade, Portuguese broadcaster TVI used its own unique application of NOS 5G with a roving post- match and a holographic interview of the player.

Holographic pictures
Social media influencer Guilherme Geirinhas covered Sporting CP’s celebration after winning the league title using the TVU Anywhere app on his phone and a TVU One wireless video transmitter. Signals from the reporter’s phone were sent to a TVU transceiver in an on-site OB van for live streaming.

The holographic image of Sporting CP captain Sebastian Coates was sent via a TVU One 5G device to a TVU transceiver at the TVI studio following his team’s victory. From the studio, a TVI host conducted a live interview with the hologram version of Coates.

The enhanced aggregate cellular connections, sub-second latency and increased signal quality of TVU Networks technology means our customers can take full advantage of the potential of live video coverage over 5G infrastructure.

Ricardo Silva is based in Lisbon and serves as Presales/Sales Manager and Project Manager for Ibertelco. Founded in 1997, Ibertelco is the leading provider of audiovisual/media solutions for the Portuguese media and entertainment market and a TVU partner in the region. You can find more information about the company at www.ibertelco.com/. Ricardo Silva can be reached at [email protected]

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