Eurovision Song Contest live over 5G Broadcast in four countries

Live 5G Broadcast streams major European event in Italy, Austria, Germany and France

Rohde & Schwarz and Qualcomm have joined forces with partners in four European countries – CRITS (R&D arm of RAI), Torino, Italy; ORS, Vienna, Austria; SWR, Stuttgart, Germany and towerCast, Paris, France – to deliver live 5G Broadcast/Multicast streaming of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Torino, Italy from 10-14 May 2022, to multiple locations across Europe.

Source: Eurovision Song Contest / Rohde & Schwarz

Running throughout the show, the demonstration will showcase Broadcast/Multicast capabilities over 5G where the live encoded content produced by RAI in Torino will be transmitted in real-time using a 5G Broadcast signal over-the-air to smartphone form-factor test devices from Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

The live event will be produced and distributed to selected mobile devices by Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana – the national public broadcaster of Italy – using the latest broadcast and multicast technology: 5G Broadcast from the heart of Stuttgart. SWR will make most of the live demonstration via an end-to-end 5G Broadcast-ready system, offering show attendees a totally new experience with an advanced live mobile experience.

A full end-to-end live 5G Broadcast/Multicast streaming demonstration will be set up under the umbrella of SWR’s innovation project “5G Media2Go”. Together with Rohde & Schwarz and Qualcomm, SWR will make this happen. Running throughout the show, the demonstration will showcase Broadcast/Multicast capabilities over 5G where the live encoded content produced by RAI in Torino, will be transmitted live in Stuttgart by SWR using a 5G Broadcast signal over-the-air to smartphone form-factor test device from Qualcomm Technologies.

Rohde & Schwarz's end to end 3GPP compliant 5G Broadcast solution is the selected choice for the European countries broadcasting ESC22 live to their audiences in Italy, Austria, Germany and France. It comprises of the 5G Broadcast enabled R&S TLU9 transmitter and the Broadcast Service and Control Center (BSCC2.0) acting as a broadcast/multicast core network.

The 5G Broadcast solution is built on the 3GPP Rel-16 feature-set, operating in a Receive-Only Mode (ROM), Free-To-Air (FTA) and without the need for a SIM card (SIM-free reception). The 5G Broadcast dedicated mode will be demonstrated with a standalone broadcast Medium Power Medium Tower (MPMT) infrastructure while operating within the UHF band.

Broadcast/Multicast over 5G is not restricted to linear and live content distribution. For network operators and media content providers it offers a completely new range of business models for delivering content or data to large numbers of consumers and without affecting the regular cellular 5G mobile network. Venue and automotive sectors are particularly suitable for new consumer applications while the high power, high tower free-to-air/no-SIM offers emergency services and national authorities more secure ways to deliver public messages during natural disasters or emergencies.

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