SMART technology which was tested at Loch Lomond was used to support the live broadcasting of King Charles's coronation.

This comes after the University of Strathclyde’s software-defined radio team and spin-out company Neutral Wireless, worked with BBC R&D and other key partners to deploy the largest temporary private 5G network for the major event.

The network was used by 20 leading broadcasters including BBC, CBS, Sky, and CNN to stream the event.

In total, the company set up eight 5G cells along The Mall in London which provided reliable and uncontested coverage from Buckingham Palace to Admiralty Arch.

The network was able to deliver one Gbps of wireless connectivity that carried high-definition video from wireless cameras to production facilities across the world.

Designing and testing of the technology took place at The Scotland 5G Centre’s Rural Testbed at Ross Priory in Loch Lomond.

The centre, which is funded by the Scottish Government, is the national centre for accelerating the deployment and adoption of 5G connectivity in Scotland.

Scottish Government Innovation Minister Richard Lochhead said: “The Scottish Government’s investment via our Scotland 5G Centre has made it possible for the Neutral Wireless team to break a new world record by broadcasting such a historic occasion to millions of people around the world over a 5G network.

“This outstanding achievement demonstrates once again how 5G technology can help transform Scotland’s economy by driving innovation and enhancing our global competitiveness.”

Also speaking about the network, Ian Sharp, Head of Business Development at the Scotland 5G Centre, said: “The Coronation filming shows the enormous scope of 5G technology, being trusted to facilitate the worldwide broadcast of a historical moment.

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter: The technology was tested in Loch Lomond The technology was tested in Loch Lomond (Image: Supplied)

“While all eyes were on London, behind the scenes, Scottish innovation and testing in the S5GC rural testbed at Loch Lomond helped the broadcast of this important day to go smoothly.

“This achievement showcases the transformative potential of 5G, as well as the need for testbed facilities and innovation hubs to support industry with real-world applications.”

Key partners for the private 5G network used at the coronation include BBC R&D, StrathSDR, Sony, LiveU, and Haivision.

Professor Bob Stewart, University of Strathclyde added: “This was an incredible 5G network to design, build and operate.

“Using shared spectrum, and our own 5G Network in a Box (NIB) standalone (SA) radio technology, we had control of every aspect of the network, from base station to user devices, all controlled from our own network operations.

“Very exciting times for private 5G, which can be used to complement the public networks rather than compete with them. We have some exciting networks coming in 2024!”