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27.10.23 - 5G-MAG participates at GATIS' Global 5G Broadcast Summit

5G-MAG is participating at the Global 5G Broadcast Summit organized by the Global Alliance for Trade in Services (GATIS).


In addition to the presentation from 5G-MAG, the conference will also bring together several 5G-MAG members including the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF-ORS), XGen Network, Qualcomm, State Key Laboratory of Media Convergence and Communication as well as industry chain related enterprises, business operation departments, universities, and scientific research institutions.

 

5G Broadcast at 5G-MAG: Bringing technology to life

Presented by Jordi J, Gimenez (5G-MAG Head of Technology)

EVENT: Global 5G Broadcast Summit by GATIS

DATE: Friday 27 October 2023

TIME: 09:00 to 17:00 Local Time

LOCATION: Chengdu (China)


INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT: http://www.megatis.org/

 

Summary of the event

This is summary of the event elaborated by GATIS and kindly shared with 5G-MAG.


Global 5G Broadcast Summit Held in Chengdu

The Global 5G Broadcast Summit, hosted by the Global Alliance for Trade in Services (GATIS), took place in Chengdu on October 27. Chinese and international experts and scholars from Beihang University, Communication University of China (CUC), 5G-MAG Media Action Group (5G MAG), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (Österreichischer Rundfunk, ORS), French broadcasting operator TDF, US broadcasting network operator XGen Network (XGN), Germany’s Rohde & Schwarz (R&S), Qualcomm, Xiaomi, vivo, Chengdu Kaiteng Sifang and Beijing BBEF Science & Technology, were invited to deliver keynote speeches at the forum. Focusing on cutting-edge trends and innovative applications in 5G Broadcast, these experts shared invaluable experiences and provided profound insights for the digital and mobile advancement within the global broadcasting sector.

The scene of the Global 5G Broadcast Summit

5G Broadcast is a novel wireless radio and television system adhering to the 5G standard, capable of transmitting signals through high-power high towers to reach both large TV screens and small handset screens. Serving as a crucial technological pathway in the evolution and enhancement of wireless radio and television, this pioneering technology not only facilitates high-quality live television but also supports various services, including emergency broadcasts and data transmission. With its capacity to achieve widespread coverage of broadcast signals for handsets at a low cost using high-power high towers, 5G Broadcast enables the swift and efficient delivery of emergency response messages during natural disasters or sudden public crises.


The scene of the Global 5G Broadcast Summit

5G Broadcast is steadily demonstrating remarkable technological advancements globally, prompting many countries and regions to actively deploy and test this technology, as highlighted by Jiang Zengwei, President of the Global Alliance for Trade in Services. It represents a substantial leap forward in the realm of radio and television and holds significant milestone value. This technology also facilitates seamless synergy between broadcasting and communication networks, providing users with an extensive array of services such as radio and TV programs, on-demand online audiovisual content, live sports, and various services accessible anytime, anywhere. Powered by an "intelligent engine" equipped with precise intelligence, it enables both general and tailored content delivery services, propelling the evolution of media from mere "combination" to true "convergence". This advancement not only energizes cultural initiatives and cultural trade but also becomes an integral component of international trade in services. The Global Alliance for Trade in Services will persist in supporting information and digital innovation, epitomized by 5G technology, fostering fresh models and structures within the service sector and service trade, and furthering international collaboration across various domains.

Wu Yabin, Head of UNIDO ITPO Beijing, highlighted the significance of 5G Broadcast in addressing the digital divide and advancing Sustainable Development Goals from a sustainability standpoint. He emphasized that China's initiatives, including fostering an open global economy and broadening market access for digital and other products, are poised to create new opportunities.

Wu Yabin, Head of UNIDO ITPO Beijing, delivers remarks

Li Xiang, a member of the Party Leadership Group of the Sichuan Provincial Bureau of Radio and Television and the bureau's Chief Engineer, as well as Chen Hongtao, the Vice Director of the Sichuan Tianfu New Area Administrative Committee, attended the event. They delivered remarks and extended congratulations to the organizers for the smooth execution of the meeting.

Zheng Zhiming, an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Professor at Beihang University, highlighted that 5G Broadcast represents a significant technological advancement in the radio and television industry. He emphasized the necessity for new capabilities that facilitate the precise and intelligent application of media content, such as intelligent recommendation and search, and the need for new capacities that enhance the precise scheduling of a converged media network, such as intelligent scheduling policies and adaptive transmission. Academician Zheng Zhiming discussed the importance of precise intelligence technology. In response to the evolving technological requirements in new business landscapes, he expressed the industry's need to develop a core 5G Broadcast intelligence engine driven by precise intelligence technology. This innovation would empower 5G Broadcast, elevate the quality of business services, and augment its fundamental competitiveness.

Zheng Zhiming, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Professor at Beihang University, delivers keynote speech

Jordi Gimenez, Head of Technology at 5G-MAG Media Action Group, underscores that while broadcast technologies beyond 3GPP face challenges in integration into primary devices, 5G Broadcast, adhering to the 3GPP standard, can be readily supported on mainstream devices. To facilitate 5G Broadcast prototype development and trials, 5G-MAG and its members have developed open-source software compatible with software-defined radio (SDR) platforms. Additionally, 5G-MAG has created a demonstration system for broadcast-communication convergence services and emergency broadcasts, which was showcased during the IBC show.



Elena Puigrefagut, Senior Project Manager at the European Broadcasting Union, presented EBU's initiatives in the standardization and application of 5G Broadcast. EBU successfully established and updated new 5G Broadcast standards in 2023 at ITU, 3GPP, and ETSI levels. Moving forward, EBU will persist in exploring enhanced coverage by integrating 5G Broadcast with broadband, ensuring compatibility between 5G Broadcast and DVB-T/T2 systems, and driving the comprehensive implementation of 5G Broadcast across Europe.


Gaelle Kaminsky, Deputy Director of the Broadcast Business Unit at the major French broadcasting operator TDF, expanded on their vision and roadmap, outlining their phased deployment plan for 5G Broadcast. Their strategy involves the gradual introduction of 5G Broadcast on select terrestrial digital TV channels from 2026 to 2028, with a subsequent rollout on planned channels commencing in 2028. Kaminsky anticipates a period where DVB-T2 will coexist with 5G Broadcast for an extended duration; however, the ultimate objective is to transition entirely to 5G Broadcast.


Frank Copsidas, Founder of the US broadcasting network operator XGen Network (XGN), presented the recent advancements of 5G Broadcast in the United States during the meeting. XGN initiated 24-hour broadcasting trials of 5G Broadcast at the WWOO-LD television station in Boston, utilizing the pre-existing transmitter and antenna feeder system. These trials encompass services such as live TV and emergency broadcasts, ensuring seamless reception on both large and small screens, and guaranteeing robust indoor coverage. The company intends to subsequently expand the network of stations.


Johann Mika, Chief Innovation Officer and 5G Broadcast Project Manager at the Austrian broadcast network operator ORS, provided an update on the 5G Broadcast trial network in Vienna. This update included various significant tests conducted by ORS, such as the 5G transmission test at the Donaufestival in June, a low-latency split-screen live broadcast test during the MotoGP World Championship in August, and the inaugural test of ORS-developed OBECA and NAKOLOS 5G Broadcast on open-source platforms.


Du Zhimin, Senior Director of Technical Standards at Qualcomm, on behalf of communication technology company, outlined the promising applications of 5G Broadcast in emergency response. He emphasized that 5G Broadcast offers an efficient means to transmit emergency messages to handsets, addressing various emergency scenarios such as pre-disaster warnings, disaster response, and post-disaster recovery. Qualcomm reaffirms its dedication to equipping the broadcast industry with mature technologies and a robust ecosystem within cellular networks.


Aziz Taga, Head of 5G Products and Business Development at Germany’s Rohde & Schwarz, highlighted the increasing significance of 5G Broadcast, drawing attention from governments, public authorities, private enterprises, broadcasters, and TV suppliers worldwide, leading to significant investments in the technology. Rohde & Schwarz has already conducted 5G Broadcast demonstration trials in various countries such as Germany, Italy, France, and Brazil. Moreover, an expanding list of nations, including Brazil, India, Malaysia, and Turkey, are embarking on the journey to deploy and test the 5G Broadcast system. These efforts aim to establish a robust broadcasting system for the future.

Aziz Taga, Head of 5G Products and Business Development, Rohde & Schwarz, delivers a video speech

China has made significant strides in the active exploration of 5G Broadcast in recent years. Lu Rui, a Professor at the Communication University of China, elaborated on the research and development accomplishments of 5G Broadcast technology and its promising application prospects. Zhang Jun, the Director of the Sichuan Provincial Radio and Television Transmission Center, provided an overview, stating that Sichuan has initiated the first trials and deployment of 5G Broadcast.

Lu Rui, Chief Scientist of State Key Laboratory of Media Convergence and Communication and Professor at Communication University of China, delivers keynote speech

Additionally, Dr. Zhang Yu, representing the Academy of Broadcasting Science (ABS) under China’s National Radio and Television Administration, discussed the collaborative efforts within the industrial chain between China and foreign countries, encompassing technical standards, product research and development, and validation tests.


Furthermore, during the technology demonstration of 5G Broadcast services at the forum, attendees experienced firsthand the substantial application potential of 5G Broadcast in emergency broadcasts and on-demand online audiovisual services. In the summit's discussion sessions, participants engaged in comprehensive discussions concerning the developmental paths and evolving necessities of terrestrial digital TV. They freely expressed their insights on various topics, including collaborative strategies, the integration of broadcasting and communication networks, spectrum planning, deployments, and the technological industrialization of 5G Broadcast utilizing high-power high towers. Additionally, they proposed solutions to propel the global deployment of 5G Broadcast further.

Global trials of R16 5G Broadcast based on high-power high towers
 


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