November 23, 2022
  • November 23, 2022

Eurovision Song Contest 5G broadcasts – what, how and why

By on May 18, 2022 0

It was a first in the long history of the Eurovision Song Contest: a 5G Broadcast signal transmitted the event live and in high quality from locations in 4 European cities simultaneously. So far, only a select group of users with 5G Broadcast-enabled smartphones in Paris, Stuttgart, Turin and Vienna have been able to see these transmissions. The goal is to change that and demonstrate, with these transmissions, the value that this technology could bring to the media and millions of viewers.

5G streaming is a complementary delivery technology that can add value in a number of use cases, including access to live content for mass audiences on the go, with the ability to receive content in clear even without a SIM card. , without the need to subscribe to third-party services, and in a way that provides efficiencies for distribution infrastructure.

For the purposes of the ESC 5G 2022 broadcast trials, the EBU and its members SWR (Stuttgart), ORS Group (Vienna), France Télévisions (Paris) and RAI (Turin) have partnered with Eurovision services for the logistics of the ESC signal , Ateme for encoding and streaming, Rohde & Schwarz for transmission equipment, and Qualcomm for prototype 5G Broadcast-enabled handsets.


The EBU has championed the standardization of LTE-based 5G terrestrial broadcasting in 3GPP from its inception, when public service media requirements were introduced in 3GPP Release 14. Standardization activities have now led to the first mobile devices implementing a set of 3GPP Release 16 features, such as compatibility of “high tower high power” DTT transmission infrastructure and free-to-air reception without a SIM card .

The EBU’s commitment offers its members the opportunity to explore how 5G-based technologies can provide new possibilities for delivering high-quality media over mobile networks. With 5G broadcast, these may include the potential for the broadcast community to harness the power and resilience of their broadcast infrastructure, the delivery of media services to mobile devices and automotive platforms, or the ability to to operate resilient networks in times of crisis for emergency warning. community.