5G field trial for broadcast transmission kicks off in Bavaria

May 13, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
5G field trial for broadcast transmission kicks off in Bavaria
Entering its test phase, 5G TODAY is a new large-area 5G field trial for 5G broadcasting taking place in the Bavarian alpine region covered by two high-performance transmitters located in Ismaning and on the top of the Wendelstein mountain.

Both transmitters operate with 100 kilowatts effective output power (technically: ERP). With the help of the high transmission towers and the high power of the transmitters (High-Power-High-Tower-Concept, HPHT), the large-area broadcasting of TV programs can be tested based on the new broadcast mode FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service). The FeMBMS broadcast mode allows far-reaching and inexpensive distribution of popular content across large coverage areas with a radius of up to 60 kilometres.

The project partners Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation (Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR), the Broadcast Technology Institute IRT, Kathrein, Rohde & Schwarz as well as Telefónica Germany are jointly testing broadcasting options for future 5G technology.

Dr. Florian Herrmann, head of the Bavarian State Chancellery and Minister of State for Federal and European Affairs and Media, started the operation of the transmitters from a tablet in front of 160 guests from the telecommunications and media industry, who are participating in an accompanying two-day conference at IRT.

The 5G TODAY project is intended to lay the foundation for the efficient transmission of broadcasting content in the 5G networks of the future. It has been supported by the Bavarian Research Foundation since 2017.

"We must design our future digital communications infrastructures in such a way that everyone can continue to benefit from the diversity of media content," says Ulrich Wilhelm, Director General of Bayerischer Rundfunk and currently Chairman of ARD.


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