Bavarian broadcasters set up 5G test site

Thursday 25 January 2018 | 12:30 CET | News

A 5G test site for broadcast standards is being set up in the Bavarian Oberland in the German state of Bavaria as part of the state government’s research project '5G Today'. The project partners Kathrein, a Germany-based manufacturer of antennas for communications, and Rohde & Schwartz are investigating large-scale television broadcasts in the Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (FeMBMS) mode over 5G networks under the leadership of the Institute for Broadcast Technology (IRT).

At the test site, the partners are implementing and evaluating international 5G standardization results agreed upon in June 2017 by European broadcasters and industry partners, including a “100 percent broadcasting mode” and increased channel spacing, said the IRT. 

The project combines larger and smaller transmitter cells to create a large coverage area. The first test broadcasts using TV signals are expected to take place beginning in the fall of 2018 and will simultaneously occur on the Bavarian broadcaster’s station Wendelstein and additional channels operated by the Bavarian state broadcaster in Munich. Until then, components for transmission and reception will be developed and installed alongside theoretical preliminary investigations and simulations. 

The 5G Today project is also supported by Telefonica Deutschland and Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Bavarian state broadcaster which is operating the 5G FeMBMS transmission network on its own transmitter sites. Funding will be provided over the course of 28 months from the Bavarian Research Fund.

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