Even though Germany is not at the forefront of digitisation and mobile telephony, it is far ahead in another area – broadcasting. Particularly when it comes to 5G broadcasting only a few who could steal the show from the Germans. There are already two projects in this field that will bring German broadcasting one step closer to 5G.
5G TODAY. 5G tomorrow?
We already reported last October that the route to 5G broadcasting is already being tested and researched in Bavarian Countryside using the FeMBMS mode (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service). The Institute for Broadcasting Technology, Rohde & Schwarz and Kathrein are responsible for the technical finesse. The project is also supported by BR (Bayerischer Rundfunk) in its role as a broadcaster and Telefónica as a telecommunications provider. Now a second project has been announced by WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) and Vodafone.
Similar to the 5G TODAY project, the aim here is to test how traditional TV content can be combined with video-on-demand service and how the new 5G standard can be used for technical distribution. The goal: streaming television on mobile devices without consumption of data volumes with high-quality videos in 4K resolution.
North Rhine-Westphalia takes turn on 5G
The project is to run until 2020 in cooperation with WDR and Vodafone. WDR will transmit its content via a 5G test system, which Vodafone then will test directly at a TV production facility for the first time. In the course of the project the content will be tested on a 5G compatible mobile device, which is currently under development, using a special software.
The kick-off took place in the 5G labs in Düsseldorf and Aldenhoven, where data transmission will be tested first. The same thing is scheduled to start next year in downtown Cologne on the WDR campus using Vodafone’s 5G network.
This gives Germany a lead in a range of 5G after all and it looks as if they would keep it – at least for a little while longer.