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The new 5G network standard is regarded as a key technology when vehicles will be highly automated in the future or devices will be networked together on the Internet of Things. In addition, 5G offers great potential for the efficient distribution of media content. The introduction of 5G could create a global market with millions of smartphones and tablet PCs as potential TV receivers that can attractively combine live TV services, media libraries, social networks and many other media services. In June 2017, international standardisation work was completed with the participation of European broadcasters and industry in order to efficiently transmit broadcasting services in large-scale 4G and 5G networks.

As part of the 5G TODAY research project, a 5G test field for radio is currently under construction in the Bavarian Oberland. Under the lead of IRT, the project partners are investigating large-scale TV transmission in the broadcasting mode FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service). The transmission is to be put into practice and evaluated within the framework of the project.

Large transmission cells are combined with small transmission cells to create an exemplary large-area coverage. For this purpose, TV signals are broadcast simultaneously as test radio in channel 56 from the Wendelstein transmitter and from additional BR transmitter sites in Munich. Broadcasts are scheduled to begin at the end of 2018. Until then, components for transmission and reception will be developed and installed. Theoretical preliminary investigations and simulations are also carried out.

The following partners are involved in the project

    IRT GmbH
    Kathrein Werke SE
    Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co KG
    Bayerischer Rundfunk
    Telefonica Germany GmbH & Co OHG

The project 5G TODAY is funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation

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