The delay from the live cameras on the race course would have been a big problem with inexperienced camera operators. In fact, cameras had to direct themselves because their images weren’t seen or switched in the control room until 10 seconds later. Because of the format of the event, shots were easy to predict. Bonded cellular was an exciting alternative to dedicated microwave systems, but we’ve decided that next time we’re going to try to supplement it with a better Wi-Fi system, with repeaters and high gain antennas.
We’ve made this decision primarily due to challenging terrain that limited connectivity in some spots, and in order to potentially minimize the delay in those spots. Or, maybe we’ll try something entirely new and different. Isn’t that what broadcast engineering is all about?
Bonded cellular technology seems to shine brightest in situations where typical broadcast microwave and satellite systems are not reliable, such as on a rocking boat.
We learned that more cards are better. A particular bonded cellular system may be quite reliable on an average day in the city, but results might not be similar in a crowded remote valley, unless you can find the right spots that can reach the local cell tower with your signals.