TV broadcasts today are transmitted over a wide variety of interfaces. Whether traditional solutions such as cable, satellite and antenna or in modern IPTV variant. However, mobile communications has so far not been able to establish itself for television reception, even if there are already approaches .
The Bavarian Minister of Economics and Technology Franz Josef Pschierer sponsors a 5G test field for TV broadcasting. This was announced by Telefonica on April 30, 2018 . Telefónica Deutschland supports the project at the transmitter location Wendelstein near Rosenheim with frequencies in the 700 MHz band.
The new 5G network standard is a key technology for the future when vehicles become highly automated and devices are networked with each other in the Internet of Things. 5G also offers great potential for efficient distribution of media content. The introduction of 5G could open up a worldwide market with millions of smartphones and tablets acting as potential TV receivers able to combine live TV services, media libraries, social networks and many other media services.
With the project “5G Today” Telefónica wants to combine the advantages of the LTE successor with classical broadcasting services. In cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk, a test field for TV transmission via 5G will be set up for this purpose. The Free State of Bavaria is doing a great deal in this research and is supporting the project, which is to turn mobile phones and computers into television with FeMBMS (Further Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service).
With further evolved multimedia broadcast multicast service, short FeMBMS, but could soon come a turnaround. This 5G operation mode, which links broadcasting to 5G , is to usher in a new multimedia age. The method allows simultaneous distribution of media content to a variety of receivers – even over longer distances. This eliminates the need for a strict Internet connection to the transmitter, the content is transmitted via the combined round and mobile. “This way, smartphones, tablets and PCs become potential recipients, and media content can be used far more extensively than today,” explains Telefónica in his blog post, However, similar approaches existed years ago with Broadcast LTE , which has not been successful to this day either.
“5G Today” receives Bavarian funding
In the central Franconian Wendelstein not only scarcely 16,000 German citizens, but also the Bavarian broadcasting are native. In cooperation with Telefónica, the antenna manufacturer Kathrein and the measurement technology professionals Rohde & Schwarz, a test field for “5G Today” is being developed there. The work with the FeMBMS standard is expected to bring to light by the end of 2018 first test broadcasts. On April 13, 2018, the Bavarian Research Foundation handed over a grant letter to the project. The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology is convinced by FeMBMS that they want to break new ground in the field of media broadcasting. “It forms the basis for a powerful transfer of media content to mobile devices,” is highlighted by Telefónica. But other 5G applications, such as autonomous driving or streaming,
Watching TV on smart phones
The mode FeMBMS allows the simultaneous distribution of identical media content to a large number of receivers even over greater distances. This eliminates the need to establish a separate Internet connection to the transmitter from each individual mobile device. The content can be received via the combined broadcast and mobile via the 5G network. In this way, smart phones, tablets and PCs could be used to potential recipients and media content far more comprehensive than today.