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Cutting through the 5G hype
There’s a lot of hype around 5G, but it’s unclear what will actually be possible with the next-generation cellular mobile system. Among the many trials and tests, perhaps of most interest to the TV industry are the ones looking at mass delivery of video content. Whether using multicast or some sort of broadcast mode, there is a need for a scalable and efficient solution for large-scale delivery of media services.
As a result, there is a genuine demand for insight on how broadcast services can use 5G in the future. Key questions include whether existing broadcast infrastructure can be integrated into 5G and whether the technology can beneficially use existing broadcast spectrum (in the UHF band and elsewhere).
DVB already delivers the bulk of the world’s broadcast TV, and the organisation is now looking at what role it should play in a 5G world — in particular, how 5G can effectively dovetail with successful solutions like DVB-T2 and DVB-S2.
Recently, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) in Geneva, released a technical review with a study that evaluates the costs associated with two types of 5G network: one where orchestration is allowed and one where it is not, in a normalized country modelled against the principal European markets.
The article analyses two possible scenarios – one where DTT is phased out in favour of 5G only, and one where the orchestration of heterogeneous networks is enabled by 5G – and sees the latter delivering many benefits for operators and audiences.
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