EBU position on this issue

  • Support the development and exploitation of the full potential of 5G to serve media industries
  • Ensure that public value content and services can reach all citizens in the 5G context
  • Promote network architectures and spectrum arrangements that facilitate coexistence of 5G with the existing and future terrestrial broadcast networks
  • Make sure safeguards equivalent to those applicable to other networks are applied for the distribution of general interest content

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What is at stake?

Under the right conditions, 5G can be beneficial to EBU Members in content production and distribution. Moreover, 5G could deliver both public and private value, deliver it soon, and help to bridge the digital divide rather than widen it. But this is not a given. What’s required for this to happen is a spirit of innovation and collaboration, the right technology choices and good regulatory guidelines.

5G has been on the agenda of the European Commission for some time, pushing for its rapid take-up in the EU. In order to ensure that 5G can meet future requirements, EBU and Members are involved in standardisation and a number of technical trials. Once deployed, 5G should support the EBU Members in fulfilling their remit.

“While 5G can be a useful complement to the infrastructures currently used by the broadcasters, it won’t replace any of them in the foreseeable future. However, broadcasters recognize that there are opportunities and potential benefits in 5G, and that they require many building blocks to be put into place.”

Nicola Frank
Head of European Affairs

 

Support the development and exploitation of the full potential of 5G to serve media industries, including PSM

Verticals, such as the broadcasting industry, should also be able to own and operate their own 5G networks for specific purposes, e.g. as wireless production infrastructure for live event coverage, factory-wide networks and data infrastructure for other use-cases.

Ensure that public value content and services can reach all citizens in the 5G context

Large-scale content distribution over 5G should be technically and economically sustainable, i.e. affordable for both the content providers and their audiences. Wide-area coverage and high penetration of compliant user devices will be crucial. 5G should support content delivery free at the point of consumption. That means it should not be limited to subscription-based usage models.

Promote network architectures and spectrum arrangements that facilitate coexistence of 5G with the existing and future terrestrial broadcast networks

It should be possible to run (“deploy”) 5G on network infrastructure other than mobile, such as terrestrial broadcast towers and satellite, to complement the mobile infrastructure. Combining the strengths of several infrastructures, and using each technology for what it is best at, would allow 5G broadcast coverage over very large areas to be achieved quickly and cost-efficiently, with minimum impact on the existing broadcast networks.

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