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Munich 15.02.2019

At MWC 2019, Rohde & Schwarz heralds a new era in quality of experience with 5G Broadcast live on air

At Mobile World Congress, Rohde & Schwarz will present a solution for future media delivery that will greatly benefit mobile network operators and millions of mobile subscribers. By deploying a high power high tower (HPHT) network topology as an overlay to cellular networks, the distribution of media & entertainment content will be significantly more efficient and cost effective compared to current mobile network structures.

At MWC 2019, Rohde & Schwarz heralds a new era in quality of experience with 5G Broadcast live on air.
At MWC 2019, Rohde & Schwarz heralds a new era in quality of experience with 5G Broadcast live on air.

The consumption of mobile video content is rapidly increasing. But there are limitations in covering this demand and fulfilling mobile subscriber’s quality of experience (QoE) expectations via the current mobile network structure. To address this and enable new business models, a global initiative – the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) – has defined major standard enhancements with the enabling FeMBMS technology in Release 14. For the first time, a 3GPP standard allows high power high tower (HPHT) applications in downlink only mode while utilizing the full signal bandwidth for multicast/broadcast applications.

This new standard evolution enables enhancement of today’s cellular network topologies by deploying an HPHT overlay network with a more than 60 km cell radius in order to achieve better and wider coverage for media delivery. This enables a highly cost-efficient network topology for both urban and rural areas. Mobile consumers of premium content services such as live sports events will benefit from highest video quality beyond HDTV, low latency and ensured availability of live streaming services.

At MWC 2019, Rohde & Schwarz will showcase a solution for future mobile media delivery and demonstrate the world’s first end-to-end solution for LTE/5G Broadcast that is fully compliant with 3GPP Release 14. Live at its booth, the company will demonstrate the advantages of this technology via live transmission to a smartphone.

Rohde & Schwarz is a part of the Bavarian research project ‘5G TODAY’. Together with project partners Institute for Broadcast Technology (IRT) and Kathrein, Rohde & Schwarz is investigating large-scale TV broadcasts in FeMBMS mode in the world’s first HPHT 5G Broadcast field trial in Munich. The project is supported by Telefónica Germany and Bayerischer Rundfunk, the Bavarian public broadcaster who is providing two high power high tower sites to cover all of Munich and the surrounding countryside for this ground-breaking field trial.

Rohde & Schwarz welcomes its visitors at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 25 to 28, 2019 in hall 6 (#6C40 and #6C51). For further information on the trade show presence, go to:

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Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security and networks and cybersecurity. The technology group's innovative communications, information and security products help industry and government customers ensure a safer and connected world. On June 30, 2019, Rohde & Schwarz had about 12,100 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.14 billion in the 2018/2019 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.

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Rohde & Schwarz Broadcast & Media

Rohde & Schwarz has been an innovator in broadcast and media for over 70 years. The Rohde & Schwarz product portfolio covers the entire signal processing chain for digital video and audio content – from ingest and playout to encoding and multiplexing, from contribution to satellite and IP networks to terrestrial transmission. It includes solutions for monitoring in the studio, as well as for monitoring streaming and broadcast services and entire broadcast networks. The T&M expert also offers a diverse range of instruments for testing end user equipment and infrastructure components in development, production and quality assurance. Rohde & Schwarz invests in an IP and software based future built with the blend of innovation, experience and stability that the company can offer.

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