Orange and France Télévisions are working with the French Tennis Federation to trial live 8K TV broadcasts of the French Open via 5G.
The footage from the Philippe-Chatrier court will be broadcast within the Roland-Garros stadium, with viewers able to experience it in two specially created showrooms.
France Télévisions’ 8K cameras will broadcast live to Orange’s local 5G transmitters, which have been deployed across the stadium especially for the event.
“A panoramic display wall will demonstrate a unique and innovative way to make the most of the very high definition images that the networks of the future will be able to carry,” said Orange in a statement.
Orange added that “very high-resolution images” will also be demonstrated on the first 5G smartphones by Oppo, the premium partner of Roland-Garros.
“5G will offer speeds up to five times faster than 4G for ever more immersive experiences. It will also make it possible to offer high-speed broadband in countries where there is little fibre infrastructure.”
Technology partners for the trial include Nokia for the 5G transmission; NTT for the Ultra HD images; and Sharp, Vocas, Astro Designs, BlackMagic Design for the camera technology.