Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) says it will be spotlighting its vision for the future of 5G Broadcast at IBC, reporting findings from the 5G Today trial deployment of the technology at two field sites near Munich, Germany, and debuting a new system enabling LTE/5G Broadcast content delivery via R&S transmitters.

5G Broadcast refers, generally, to the delivery of media content to smartphones and tablets via terrestrial broadcast technology using the next generation (5G) of digital cellular networks. As part of the 5G Today project, R&S has been investigating large-scale television broadcasts using what’s known as LTE Broadcast, or FeMBMS — an acronym for Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service. R&S claims to be the first company to develop an end-to-end 5G Broadcast system for network operators.

In recent years, media consumption has shifted significantly toward smartphones and other portable devices. Reaching the billions of smartphones around the world will be the future of broadcasting. 3GPP Release 14 is enabling this future by using FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service). As a part of the Bavarian research project 5G TODAY, Rohde & Schwarz is investigating large-scale TV broadcasts in the FeMBMS mode. Using high-power high-tower (HPHT) transmitters allows broadcasters to distribute video over 5G networks in downlink-only mode with all the advantages of classic broadcasting. This provides the high quality levels known from HDTV broadcasting, low-latency live content as well as enormous spectrum efficiency and wide coverage. There is no need for a SIM card in the mobile device.

— Rohde & Schwarz press release

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5G Concept Art
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At IBC, R&S will debut the R&S Broadcast Service and Control Center (BSCC), which it says allows R&S Tx9 transmitters to deliver LTE/5G Broadcast content. Multiple transmission sites can be centrally configured at the BSCC, the company said.

IBC attendees will be able to get more details from the 5G Broadcast showcase at the R&S booth B.21 in hall 7.

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