BT and Nevion have joined forces to evaluate the performance of 5G for use in agile media production for broadcasting.
The EU-funded 5G Verticals INNovation Infrastructure (5G VINNI) project comprises 23 partners including major operators, academia and industry vendors.
Its overall objective is to accelerate the uptake of 5G in Europe by providing an end-to-end facility that validates the performance of new 5G technologies by operating trials of advanced vertical sector services. 5G-VINNI is run at four main sites located in Norway, UK, Spain and Greece.
Nevion has been working closely with BT at its Adastral Park Campus in Ipswich, UK. The initial phases of the project include qualifying the inherent performance of 5G technology, looking both at the data plane (the transport of media over the network) and the control plane (managing the flow of media). Once the qualification is completed, the project will move to proof of concept trials.
According to Paul Muschamp from BT, the technology offers the potential to create a more agile live media production. “The requirements for that application are quite exceptional though, in terms of high data volume, low latency and no tolerance for transmission failure. This makes live media production an great test of the performance of 5G, which is the objective of 5G-VINNI.”
Andy Rayner, chief technologist, at Nevion added: “Whilst 5G capabilities are already provided by some service providers across the world, many of the key technology elements essential for agile mobile media production are yet to mature. Nevion is really pleased to be helping the 5G-VINNI project identify the areas that need to be developed.”
Separately, Nevion is leading another EU-funded 5G project, 5G-Virtuosa, which is looking into Scalable Software Defined Network architectures for cooperative live media production exploiting virtualised production resources and 5G wireless acquisition.