This Monday the V Los Leones de EL ESPAÑOL Awards are held, an event in which the Armed Forces, Francisco Reynés and Pablo Laso will be recognized as representatives in the fields of solidarity, business and sports.
Three fundamental spaces in the society development that they are now more important than ever and that, with the arrival of the coronavirus, they will be fundamental in order to emerge from the crisis and rebuild Spain.
This year’s gala is the most special. Well, not only does it coincide with the fifth year of the newspaper’s life and with the 40th anniversary as director of newspapers of its executive president, Pedro J. Ramírez, but it is also the year in which El Español has become the third most read newspaper from Spain.
The award ceremony will take place at the Casino de Madrid, in a ceremony with restricted access that will take extreme measures to protect against Covid-19, however, all readers of EL ESPAÑOL will be able to follow thanks to a high-tech broadcast.
The newspaper once again marks a milestone within the Spanish press with the 5G broadcast of the V Los Leones de EL ESPAÑOL awards. It will do so with the help of Vodafone, the main sponsor of the event, and a company for which 5G is already a reality. But how do you broadcast a live video over 5G? What does it take to do it?
How it broadcasts in 5G
With the arrival of 5G there is sectors that will change forever and live broadcasting is one of them. If until not long ago it was necessary to have a powerful fiber optic installation or a mobile unit on the outskirts of the building where the event was taking place to be able to send the signal, now a mobile with 5G or a simple router is enough.
To find out how it is carried out from an infrastructure point of view and the steps that the image follows from when it is captured by the camera until it reaches users, we have spoken with Javier García, Vodafone’s head of networks, who describes the details of a technology that it is simpler than imaginable. And the person in charge of making the deployment for the coverage of the El Español Awards.
The video image captured by the camera is connected to a portable production center via cable, in the same way that any television coverage would. The person in charge of the realization is the one who selects the different video sources available and provides the image.
This center is connected to a 5G router or a mobile phone with this technology. The choice of one device or another solely resides in the professional’s decision, what is best located in their environment and if it has the capacity for a power outlet or not. “The image is sent through a 5G router with a SIM card that connect wirelessly to an antenna on the roof of the Casino “, explains García regarding the installation deployed for the V Los Leones de EL ESPAÑOL awards.
That rooftop of the casino is where the router is connected and it is essential since coverage is the main differential factor of this technology. The rooftop aerial of the Casino bounces off another 5G antenna placed on another roof about 250 meters, and this one in another … It is thus achieved to have an ideal coverage in the center of Madrid, which allows not only to maintain a bandwidth throughput to upload the information, but also a very low latency. Requirement for the video to be seen by viewers without skipping.
“With 5G we get around 1.5 Gbps of real speed and a delay of around 10 milliseconds”, Javier García said. “The main advantage is that the image does not need to be compressed, which avoids loss of quality and time that translates into delay.” The professional cameras used to broadcast this type of event have a very high quality and thanks to 5G that image is sent ‘raw’ to the viewer.
Older technologies like 4G or 3G are not able to absorb that work while delays are longer. “5G already outperforms fiber optics in terms of bandwidth and is vastly more flexible.” For example, a live broadcast could be made with several cameras sharing the internet from a 5G phone.
Once the signal is sent, it ends up reaching an IP address “where we have to send the video for post-production, in case you want to include some labels, watermarks …”. From that moment on, The image can be broadcast using any platform streaming, like YouTube, from where readers can follow the gala.
In addition to broadcasting, the perfect example of the use of this technology is the eMBB (Enhanced Mobile Broadband) thanks to which customers accessing this network will be able to download entire 4K movies in just a few seconds or share videos with our contacts without having to connect to a WiFi. The implementation of the eMBB also seeks to promote augmented reality technology and finally make it available to users at street level.
The critical services They will also be one of the great beneficiaries of the 5G connection. Specifically, all communications that arise around critical infrastructures (nuclear power plants, railways …) as well as in the healthcare sector where this low latency connectivity allows remote surgeries to be performed. Likewise, the connected car and the intelligent and autonomous means of transport that are proposed in the near present will also use 5G to stay connected to the network.
5G, more than speed
Vodafone’s 5G now reaches 21 cities throughout Spain, a deployment that is democratizing the ultra-fast connection at the same time that consumers can find 5G mobiles at an increasingly cheaper price.
The 5G of the company that Colman Deegan commands uses the standard “non stand alone“(supported by the 4G network) initially reaching speeds of one gig and may reach up to two gigs by the end of this year and the beginning of the next. Of course, it will improve even more when the 700 MHz auction scheduled for 2021 takes place.
5G is going to change everything. Not only are we going to have a higher connection speed, better coverage, lower latency or a better connection in complicated locations, but they will also mark a before and after the broadcast of events, stories and events.
Today, live and television broadcasting of live events on venues without dedicated infrastructure can suffer from huge user and traffic density. Sometimes this translates to a pixelation of the image and, in the total loss of it. This is where 5G is key.
For this reason, Vodafone has developed a program that allows the introduction of 5G networks and services to improve the live broadcast service of events that, until now, with current technologies, had not been able to be retransmitted.