The Bayerische Rundfunk (BR) has received the frequency allocation for the world’s first high-tower, high-power transmitter (HTHP) in LTE / 5G FeMBMS broadcasting mode with transmission power of 100 kilowatts of ERP2 by the Federal Network Agency. The test broadcasts will begin in Autumn 2018 from the transmitter location Wendelstein (1828 m above sea level) and enable a portable and mobile reception of test signals in southern upper Bavaria as well as in the Munich area. Since it is a pure test operation for the time being, the reception is limited to receivers that are not yet available in the market. In the future, broadcasting content and other interesting and important and content could be received with this technology nationwide in a cost-effective way with all new smartphones using this technology.
The BR and its project partners are expanding the HTHP test network consistently with additional test sites this year and in 2019. The reception of FeMBMS in and around Munich is improving
continuously. The test field significantly improves the further technical development in this area and sets standards for a combination of broadcasting and mobile radio (unicast). The goal is to let users profit from the benefits of both transmission mechanisms on a single device: broadcast and unicast. Using the FeMBMS broadcast mode allows transmission of mass attractive content via very large radio cells with a radius of over 60 km simultanously at low cost.
The Bavarian research project 5G TODAY currently establishes an LTE / 5G test field for broadcasting in the Bavarian countryside. Project partners Kathrein and Rohde & Schwarz are currently testing large scale TV broadcast features in broadcast mode FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast multicast service) under the administration of Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT). The project is supported by associated partners Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) and Telefónica. The research goal is to combine the efficient distribution of broadcasting signals into the G5 network of the future in order to provide attractive services for customers. Start of brodcasting from the transmitter Wendelstein and other BR transmittera in Munich is scheduled for fall 2018. Further, the development of receiver components is planned by spring 2019. In addition, theoretical preliminary investigations and simulations are taking place. The research project 5G TODAY is limited to a 28 month period and funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation.