THE POTENTIAL OF 5G MULTICAST George Jarrett talks to the EBU about their work testing the potential of 5G
PICTURED ABOVE: Darko Ratkaj (left), Antonio Arcidiacono
ack at IBC 2018 the clever cookies knew they had seen an exciting 5G multicast/broadcast functionality solution that will both negate and complement the core restrictive unicast nature of 5G. Then at the MWC in Barcelona, 5G-Xcast blew plenty more minds with its demonstrators and proof of concept aspects, led by live video transmissions to multiple consumer devices. It was hosted by Enensys and staged by the EBU and IRT working in tandem. 5G-Xcast is a European Commission Horizon 2020 innovation project, identified officially as a 5G-PPP Phase II focus on the enablers for broadcast and multicast
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communications via fifth generation wireless systems. It closes at the end of July, so to get a handle on what it promises in what environments, and under what pressures for follow-ups and 3GPP involvement, TVBEurope caught up with Antonio Arcidiacono, EBU director of Technology and Innovation, and Darko Ratkaj, senior project manager, EBU. The technical enablers born from 5G-Xcast are led by 5G for broadcast and multicast, but the project has looked at end-to-end quality of service for media, public warning systems with their similar requirements, plus very specific automotive and IoT scenarios.
Get ready, coz here is come - 5G