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post IBC 2022: 5G Broadcast

There is a saying in Turkish. If I try to translate it, I guess it is something like this: "Everyone describes an elephand depending on where he/she grabs." I believe there is also one in English which has similiar meaning, I would be glad if you can share that in the comments.

I have been working in broadcast since 1998 and worked on digital terrestrial broadcast since 2003. So, the my main interest was DTT again. But this time not DAB+ / DRM+ nor DVB-T2. My main point of interest was 5G Broadcast. 

There was actually one single company which was demonstrating 5G broadcast, namely Rohde & Schwarz. They were doing the demonstration with the receivers which have chipsets from Qualcomm. So this demonstration was in a way the demo of R&S and Qualcomm. But I had the chance to talk to other big transmitter companies. The advance of IBC is that you can find top level executives to talk with on the subjects that you are interested in. So these guys told me that even though they are not presenting their 5G broadcast solutions, they are somewhat ready to present their solutions to the market, if they see that there is.

Here comes Turkey in to the picture with no DTT network at all. All other countries in the world should think of the cost of closing down the present DTT network or the cost of parallel broadcasting. In both cases they have to wait & see if the propose of 5G broadcast works. But Turkey does not have to wait. The frequency band is already empty, I mean can be thought as empty. Because there are almost no one watching analogue terrestrial television.

It is also argued at the fair that the demonstration was not 5G, but 4G LTE, which as far as I know is a fact. But the executives of R&S says that if the receiver is configured as to receive with software codecs, then it will be just an upgrade in the receiver software to change the system to pure 5G. 

I believe that we will be talking about this subject in the following years. I am happy to announce that I will publish an e-interview with the executives of the market soon. 

So please do not hesitate to write down your own questions on this subject.

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