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EBU: 5G can be made to work for media

Report calls for close collaboration between PSM and commercial media to meet distribution requirements

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has published a report on the potential of using 5G in the distribution of audiovisual media content and services to mobile devices.

The Tech Report’s main conclusion is that 5G may be able to meet the distribution requirements of both Public Service Media and commercial media providers through the use of a combination of 5G mobile broadband and 5G broadcast.

It adds that to meet those requirements, close collaboration between the stakeholders is a must, and there is still work to be done on collaborative broadcast/mobile networks in terms of the joint use of spectrum and site assets.

The report continues, current unicast mobile broadband connections lack the cost-effectiveness and scalability required to properly support the distribution of mobile media services at scale. 5G – the set of mobile technologies that are being defined under the 3GPP umbrella – has the potential to address this problem.

The full report can be found here.