First Latin American 5G TV transmitted by Nokia and Azteca
Written by: Richard Hook | Published:
5G cameraman filming Mexican interview TV Azteca is part of Grupo Salinas, the second-largest producer of content for Spanish-language television in the world (credit: Getty Images/Grupo Salinas)

Nokia has collaborated with TV Azteca in Mexico to complete the first trial of TV transmission over 5G in Latin America.

Operating in Mexico City, the trial used 100 MHz spectrum in 3.5GHz frequency, leveraging Nokia’s 5G technology for core and radio access (RAN). TV Azteca was able to test the transfer of raw HD/4K video from camera to the encoding server.

Nokia described the trial as a success with improved real-time latency and “production efficiency” offering the potential for improved TV coverage in smart stadiums, as well as augmented reality services.

Reducing the need for further infrastructure could, according to Nokia Bell Labs, allow streaming flexibility to also improve operations communication and automation within the security, fleet monitoring, retail, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas sectors.

Marcelo Entreconti, head of enterprise Latin America at Nokia, said: “5G technology has the potential to transform the broadcast industry, thanks to its reduced latency and cost benefits.

“This trial has shown that TV Azteca can transmit events live, in real time and without compromising quality, giving them a competitive advantage in the market and demonstrating the opportunities that come with embracing 5G.”

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