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5G-connected lamps could transform broadcast and movie lighting

Telia trials 5G-powered studio lighting.
(Image credit: Telia.)

Telia, together with the government-owned subscription station TV2 Denmark, and leading lighting company BB&S, has developed a partnership to showcase 5G-connected lamps, which can be used in TV and film production, and could one day transform the broadcasting industry.

Telia is a Swedish multinational telecommunications company, and mobile network provider, which operates in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. And as a ‘Tier 1 network’ operator, it is particularly focussed on 5G, and its ability to deliver new services.

And in this new addition to the growing list of 5G use cases, Telia has worked closely with TV2 and BB&S to test how 5G networking could be employed to improve lightning set-up and cost efficiency in broadcasting.

"[5G] has the potential to substantially impact content distribution and content production."

Claus Berthou Madsen, Telia.

“We have looked at the potential business value 5G can bring to our customers and the industries they operate in and found that it has the potential to substantially impact content distribution and content production,” said Claus Berthou Madsen, 5G program lead at Telia in Denmark.

New opportunities

Since it was founded in 1999, BB&S Lighting has worked with numerous broadcasting clients around the world, and on movie projects such as Star Wars - The last Jedi, Interstellar, Alien: Covenant, Pirates of Caribbean, and Independence Day 2. These set-ups can consist of 100s of lamps, every one of which needs to be connected with a power and a control cable. But using 5G, lights can be managed remotely, in real-time, providing huge efficiency and cost benefits.

"With 5G, broadcasters will be able to have people at multiple locations in a live interview set-up."

Morten Brandstrup, TV2.

“This will give broadcasters new opportunities over a 4G world, where delay of signal and the data capacity scarcity is a reality,” says Morten Brandstrup, head of news technology at TV2. “With 5G, broadcasters will be able to have people at multiple locations in a live interview set-up and they will be able to produce large live events without the traditional production truck at the location of the event.”

Together with TV2 and Telia, they successfully tested a lightning set-up using 5G-connectivity to control lightning and lamps wirelessly. The simple set-up could deliver significant cost savings, as well as providing real-time performance data from each lamp, which will enable engineers to optimize the lighting. And by using 5G, it will also be possible to control lighting remotely from the Copenhagen office, even if a shoot is taking place on-set in Hollywood.



Dan is a British journalist with 20 years of experience in the design and tech sectors, producing content for the likes of Microsoft, Adobe, Dell and The Sunday Times. In 2012 he helped launch the world's number one design blog, Creative Bloq. Dan is now editor-in-chief at 5Gradar, where he oversees news, insight and reviews, providing an invaluable resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date with the key issues facing 5G.