On June 11th, South Korean telecom service provider SK Telecom announced that it had signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with the Chinese drone manufacturer DJI to develop drone-based video streaming products and solutions using their mobile communications network.

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Live streaming in 4K or even 8K with 5G smartphones

As part of the agreement, SK Telecom will provide high-performance live video streaming encoding, a mobile application, and server software solutions using its live streaming technology “T Live caster.” In a statement, SK Telecom said that:

“In the future, SK Telecom’s video reception and control server solution ‘T live studio’ could be integrated with DJI’s drone operations management solution ‘FlightHub’ to help enterprises efficiently manage their drone operations in the field.”

This solution would allow DJI drones to provide a live video feed of HD quality with minimal latency via SK telecom’s mobile communications network. Something that would be valuable for TV broadcasting, YouTube and Facebook Live but also in other industries such as agriculture, logistics, exploration, public safety.

SK Telecom states that on 5G smartphones running the video transmission app, live streaming of drone videos in 4K or even 8K (ultra-high definition) would be possible.

SK Telecom will be introducing this new technology first in South Korea, Japan and the US before gradually expanding to other countries around the world.

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