MotoGP unveils first 5G standalone network

Next generation platform trialled at British Grand Prix.

MotoGP unveils first 5G standalone network

Dorna Sports

  • Created in collaboration with BT Sport, Dorna Sports, Vislink, University of Strathclyde
  • Live pictures broadcast to a worldwide audience

Global motorcycle series MotoGP has unveiled the world's first standalone 5G network in collaboration with UK pay-TV broadcaster BT Sport, series promoter Dorna Sports, Vislink and the University of Strathclyde.

During MotoGP's recent British Grand Prix, live pictures were broadcast to a worldwide audience from a 5G handheld camera from the grid, while an onboard 5G camera also displayed pictures from the back of a test motorcycle.

As part of the collaboration, Vislink supplied a 5G wireless camera transmitter and a 5G motorcycle onboard transmitter. These were linked to a standalone 5G network created by the University of Strathclyde which covered the pitlane, paddock and a section of the Silverstone circuit.

The images produced were supplied to Dorna Sports' production department which then shared them with its broadcast partners, including BT Sport.

"This was a successful collaboration between partners showcasing the power of a standalone 5G network to enhance sports production," said Andy Beale, chief engineer at BT Sport.

The 2021 MotoGP season continues on 12th September at Motorland Aragon, Spain.