Telefónica Germany is making the appropriate frequencies available for this purpose: "We are supporting the 5G TODAY project in coordinating the spectrum used in the 700 MHz band. It is important for us to learn more about long-range propagation in the 700 MHz band and the application of very large radio cells," says Gerald Huber, Senior Manager 5G Projects at Telefónica Germany.
Michael Hagemeyer, Managing Director of IRT, commented, "With this field trial covering Munich and the Bavarian alpine region, we now have a unique and true pioneer project – even if it will still take a few more years for commercial terminal devices to become available and before public operation will be possible. The test will provide important insights for our research."
IRT is coordinating the project and is developing a prototype FeMBMS receiver based on a Software-defined Radio (SDR) system. In the future, this technology could be integrated into smartphones, tablets and TV sets for the reliable reception of live and linear content over 5G. The test receiver for the start event is kindly provided by the Institute for Communications Technology of the Technische Universität Braunschweig.
The test operation of 5G TODAY will run from now on until autumn 2019, after which the results and further exploitation of the findings will be evaluated. The project ends on October 31st, 2019.