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TVU transmits live 8K UHD video over China Unicom 5G network

Cloud and IP-based live video solutions TVU Networks and mobile service provider China Unicom are collaborating to expand UHD media applications possible with 5G networks. China Unicom’s millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology is set to be deployed over 5G networks during the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, for which it will be the exclusive mobile service provider. TVU Networks is focused on the development of technology for collection, transmission, distribution, and management of 4K and 8K ultra-high-definition video using 5G networks. The 5G mmWave band has increased bandwidth, reduced latency and flexible configuration, enabling future mobile applications such as 4K, 8K and immersive AR/VR. The 5G mmWave radio frequency is far less congested than the spectrum used by most TV and radio signals.

The latest collaboration between the two parties was demonstrated at the China Unicom booth during the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition in Shanghai, showcasing the live transmission capabilities of 5G mmWave technology. With the theme “5G Millimeter Wave Makes Snow Sports More Wonderful,” TVU created a 5G-based private network in the cloud to transmit live, high bitrate 8K UHD video over 5G using two portable TVU 5G Rack Routers.

The real-time 8K video followed athletes in training for the games.

“We’ve selected the top technology providers in our mission to harness the power of the 5G millimeter wave band for mobile applications that were inconceivable a few years ago,” said Jiawei Kang, VP of cultural and travel and media sales centre, China Unicom. “With the substantial increase in data transmission capabilities 5G millimeter wave provides, applications such as 4K, 8K and VR will see explosive growth. Our partnership with TVU has been extremely productive, and we anticipate more groundbreaking developments to come. As the official mobile provider partner for the 2022 Winter Olympics, we believe this is exactly the innovation required for such a high-profile, prestigious event.”

The 5G TVU Rack Router internet access point includes six embedded 5G modems for remote live video production set up, file transfers and emergency communication. An optional IP67 external MIMI antenna is available to maximise signal strength.

“We’re honored to be part of China Unicom’s groundbreaking display at MWC Shanghai,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “China Unicom’s 5G mmWave is groundbreaking technology for live video transmission. The network breakthroughs they’re spearheading marry perfectly with our video-over-IP developments. We’re going to see some very exciting mobile applications come to fruition this year. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with China Unicom on future initiatives and global events which showcase the power of this partnership.” Pro AVL Asia

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