Rohde & Schwarz and Qualcomm Technologies Inc. have joined forces to deliver a full end-to-end live 5G Broadcast/Multicast streaming demonstration at CABSAT 2022, which will be held in Dubai from May 17–19.
The demonstration will showcase Broadcast/Multicast capabilities over 5G, delivering pre-recorded content transmitted live using a 5G Broadcast signal over-the-air to provide an advanced live mobile experience. 5G Broadcast offers network operators and broadcasters opportunities to create exciting new consumer experiences across a wide variety of business areas—all while enabling high spectral efficiency and reduced costs.
Rohde & Schwarz’s end-to-end 3GPP compliant solution, comprising a 5G Broadcast enabled R&S TLU9 transmitter, and the Broadcast Service and Control Center (BSCC2.0) acting as a core network, will form a key part of the workflow being shown during CABSAT 2022. The demonstration will see a live signal transmitted over-the-air from the Rohde & Schwarz booth, using Kathrein Broadcast’s sectorized antenna systems to a smartphone form-factor test device from Qualcomm Technologies. The live stream will rely on latest encoding technology from Ateme and the overall installation and integration performed by Assendive Communications.
The 5G Broadcast solution is built on the 3GPP Rel-16 feature-set, operating in a Receive-Only Mode (ROM), Free-To-Air (FTA) and without the need for a SIM card (SIM-free reception). The 5G Broadcast dedicated mode will be demonstrated with a standalone transmitter while operating within the UHF band.
“We are giving CABSAT attendees a taste of what 5G Broadcast can do, without compromising existing mobile cellular services, and showing how it is possible using technology and solutions that are available now,” commented Manfred Reitmeier, Vice President Broadcasting and Amplifier Systems at Rohde & Schwarz. “We are proud to collaborate with Qualcomm Technologies on this innovative project and offer a view into the potential that 5G offers.”
“We are proud to bring this collaboration with the Rohde & Schwarz team to CABSAT 2022, showing the delivery of digital TV content over 3GPP standardized technology – without the need for additional chipsets. Thanks to our new 5G R&D technology demonstration we can prove that this isn’t just a far-off possibility, it is here today and can be experienced first-hand,” said Lorenzo Casaccia, Vice President of Technical Standards & Intellectual Property, Qualcomm Technologies.
Broadcast/Multicast over 5G is not restricted to linear and live content distribution. For network operators and media content providers it offers a completely new range of business models for delivering content or data to large numbers of consumers and without affecting the regular cellular 5G mobile network. Venue and automotive sectors are particularly suitable for new consumer applications while the high power, high tower free-to-air/no-SIM offers emergency services and national authorities more secure ways to deliver public messages during natural disasters or emergencies.
Rohde & Schwarz will be at Stand E6-20 at CABSAT 2022 to experience this new era of live media delivery and discover more about the benefits of 5G Broadcast technology.