Described as an unprecedented milestone for the country, Vodafone Portugal and Portuguese public broadcaster TVI have teamed up to transmit a holographic broadcast over the 5G network.
A live broadcase of TVI's Jornal das 8presented by José Alberto Carvalho was transmitted from its studio via the Vodafone 5G network to the Vodafone Paredes de Coura festival venue, 400km away. The Vodafone Paredes de Coura festival featured artists including The National, New Order and Patti Smith among others.
Vodafone acquired the 100MHz spectrum in the 3.6GHz band temporarily from ANACOM for the event and used its technology partner Ericsson's AIR 6488 5G equipment. In addition to this, the telecommunication network also doubled its normal 4G capacity inside the festival venue. Vodafone said that the operation involved seven weeks of preparation, the participation of more than 70 personnel and the usage of two TV studios, one of which was created from scratch.
At TVI's studio, the presenter's image was captured in HD at 60fps and transmitted over Vodafone's 5G mobile network where it was decoded in 3D to a holographic projector and broadcast live. The telco said it achieved a latency of less than 10 milliseconds during the transmission, enabling uninterrupted two-way communication during the event.