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Free-to-air TV and Radio in Vienna (ORS)

Assessing the performance of LTE-based 5G Broadcast (Release 14 and Release 16) in comparison with DVB-T2 and DAB+. Studying product maturity of infrastructure and receivers with close cooperation to manufacturers. Evaluating use cases and applications and evolving the 5G broadcast ecosystem.

Vienna testbed overview, (two transmitters, Wien Kahlenberg & Wien Liesing, 5G Broadcast core location at the public broadcaster)

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  • Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) – Public Broadcaster, Content Provider, TV & Radio

  • Austrian Broadcasting Services (ORS) – Broadcast Network Operator

  • KroneHit – Private Broadcaster, Content Provider, Radio

  • ProSiebenSat.1 PULS 4– Private Broadcaster, Content Provider of TV for Puls24

  • Servus TV – Private Broadcaster, Content Provider, TV

  • Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Telecommunications – Link Level Simulations


  • Linear TV and Radio (RTP, HLS, DASH in various configurations4 )

  • Emergency Warning Tests


  • Phase 1: 2020-2021 - Comparison DVB-T2 vs 5G Broadcast

  • Phase 2: 2021 - 2023 - Investigation of applications and further development of the 5G broadcast ecosystem


  • Vienna (Austria)


  • FeMBMS (Release 14) and LTE-based 5G Terrestrial Broadcast (Release 16)

​​Equipment and Infrastructure

  • Commercial equipment and Infrastructure:

    • 2 HPHT Transmitter Sites

    • 2 Core Systems

  • Open-source receiver (OBECA/5G-MAG Reference Tools)

  • Open-source transmitter (5G-MAG Reference Tools)

​​Spectrum / Frequencies

  • 739 MHz, max bandwidth 10 MHz before 1.7.2020

  • 667 MHz, max bandwidths [8 MHz (Kahlenberg transmitter), 10 MHz (Liesing transmitter)] from 1.7.2020

  • 640.5 MHz, max bandwidth 5 MHz (Liesing tranmitter) from 1.2.2022

Main Goals

  • Open testbed for Broadcast Network Operators, Mobile Network Operators, Set Top Box & chip manufacturers

  • Study product maturity of infrastructure and receivers with close cooperation of manufacturers

  • Support the evolution of a 5G broadcast ecosystem by developing and providing an open-source receiver for own and other trials and application developer.

  • Phase 1:

    • Compare simulation and measurements of FeMBMS Rel.14 (Rel.16) with DVB-T2 and DAB+

    • Technical evaluation of 5G Broadcast use-cases and applications

  • Phase 2:

    • Hybrid use-cases 5G Broadcast and Broadband

    • Further development of the 5G Broadcast ecosystem

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