Enabling 5G Broadcasting at Pitlochry Highland Games

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Neutral Wireless’s “Network-In-a-Box” is looking to play a decisive role in this years Pitlochry Highland Games in September!

As part of the International Broadcasting Conference’s (IBC) larger 5G Remote Production In the Middle of Nowhere project, Neutral Wireless will deploy a standalone private 5G network to facilitate the broadcasting of the event to an estimated 40,000 attendees at the conference in Amsterdam — all from the corner of a balcony at the pavilion.

Neutral Wireless’s “Network-In-a-Box” is looking to play a decisive role in this years Pitlochry Highland Games in September!

As part of the International Broadcasting Conference’s (IBC) larger 5G Remote Production In the Middle of Nowhere project, Neutral Wireless will deploy a standalone private 5G network to facilitate the broadcasting of the event to an estimated 40,000 attendees at the conference in Amsterdam — all from the corner of a balcony at the pavilion.

The Pitlochry Pavilion, where our network will be deployed

The link is a technical demo that will be run and shown at different times throughout the four days of the event.

This trial will show how truly portable our 5G private standalone network is and how we can ‘popup’ private networks using shared spectrum and connect cameras, microphones, monitors and other user devices or handsets.

Prof. Bob Stewart, Neutral Wireless & The University of Strathclyde

We have already travelled to the Pitlochry recreation field for preliminary testing, and our “fully mobile” Network-In-a-Box is capable of providing a robust uplink connection that can facilitate broadcast-quality video across the range of the field. All without the need for the miles of cabling or sizeable trucks that you might usually need — we took everything we needed in the car!

Our Network-In-a-Box overlooking Pitlochry recreation field

It’s exciting to provide the fully portable 5G Non-Public Network-In-a-Box (NIB) as the local communications backbone at the Pitlochry Highland Games.

“The 5G NIB utilises part of the UK’s Shared Spectrum band and is configured to support the high uplink data rates required for successful media content production. This ground-breaking technology could ultimately transform rural broadcasting and remove the need for giant satellite trucks and miles of cabling.

Dr Cameron Spiers, Neutral Wireless (CCO)

Our engineers setting up our network — no need for giant trucks here!

The highland games will be one of four cultural events that Neutral Wireless and the IBC will look to broadcast, with other events from around the globe including those in Ireland, Kenya, and New Zealand. More news on those to follow!