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5G Broadcast

Global broadcast standard for  TV, radio and emergency alerts on mainstream devices

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Technical aspects

What is 5G Broadcast?... and what it is not

We recommend having a look at the following explainer which factually explains what LTE-based 5G Broadcast is and the features from the 3GPP specifications that support it.

LTE-based 5G Terrestrial Broadcast for TV and radio distribution

5G-MAG Explainer

LTE-based 5G Terrestrial Broadcast, widely known as 5G Broadcast, allows linear TV and radio to be broadcast to compatible 3GPP-based devices like smartphones, tablets, home gateways and connected cars.

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Relevant specifications and technical documents

3GPP Specifications and other relevant documentation on
LTE-based 5G Broadcast

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GitHub Wiki

Provide feedback to Specifications

Tracking comments, bug-fixing, request for new features, etc.

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ETSI TS 103 720: "5G Broadcast System for linear TV and radio services"

ETSI Technical Specification

The present document introduces the 5G Broadcast System along with the associated features of such a system. A concrete instantiation of a 5G Broadcast System is specified, referred to as LTE-based 5G Broadcast. LTE-based 5G Broadcast is a profile of existing 3GPP specifications that addresses all requirements of a 5G Broadcast System.

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ETSI TR 103 972: DVB-I service delivery over 5G Systems; Deployment Guidelines

ETSI Technical Report

This is a technical report arising out of a collaboration between the DVB Project and 5G-MAG which provides guidelines on the deployment of DVB-I services over 5G Systems including the 5G Media Streaming Architecture and LTE-based 5G Broadcast.

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What can be improved? Time and Frequency Interleaving

3GPP system can be improved following the 3GPP pace, which means adhering to the process in which each Release is defined and completed. There is always a chance to introduce new work items to address new feature or to fix issues.

Time and Frequency Interleaving for broadcast services in 3GPP Systems

5G-MAG Report

Time and Frequency Interleaving (TFI) is a key feature for robust broadcast transmissions in time-frequency varying environments, in particular for mobile reception. TFI was considered and evaluated by multiple companies during the 3GPP Rel-16 standardisation of LTE-based 5G Broadcast with significant support from companies. Furthermore, time interleaving has also been proposed for NR MBS Broadcast Services in 3GPP Rel-17.

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Provide feedback to 5G-MAG Reports

Comments and feedback from experts is welcome

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Deployment and ecosystem aspects

How to deploy? What does standalone downlink only mean? Is it SDL? FDD?

We recommend having a look at the following explainer which describes how 5G Broadcast is meant to be deployed without being paired with an uplink carrier, i.e, to be deployed as what it is, a broadcast system.

Spectrum for LTE-based 5G Terrestrial Broadcast

5G-MAG Explainer

LTE-based 5G Terrestrial Broadcast is a broadcast system defined by 3GPP that can be deployed in unpaired downlink-only spectrum (i.e. without the need for an uplink), with dedicated broadcast carriers. Current broadcast allocations in the UHF band may therefore be suitable for the deployment of LTE-based 5G Terrestrial Broadcast services.

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Reference Tools

Reference Tools for 5G Broadcast

We have Reference Tools for 5G Broadcast and other components relevant to multicast IP delivery... but you'll have to visit the Developer Space to find all you need to know.

Looking for info on the Reference Tools for broadcast?
Go to the Developer Space

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Ready to go into the GitHub repositories?
Go to GitHub

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