The new 5G Broadcast transmission standard enables linear broadcast content to be distributed directly to mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets – without Wi-Fi or internet.

The ORS is driving research and development forward in Austria to ensure that 5G Broadcast transmission behaves in a similarly efficient manner to DVB-T2. Information on the advantages of this new transmission standard, on the global initiative, the ORS trials and the underlying technology can be found below.

ORS makes Television fit for mobile devices

According to a study by the University of Salzburg, linear broadcasting is highly popular in Austria. Linear television makes up around 80 percent of audio-visual content use, with an even higher percentage for radio stations. Consumption of content on mobile devices continues to gain in importance.

5G Broadcast is a new technology that is being developed in line with market requirements to address the shift in media usage. It allows broadcast content to be distributed directly to mobile devices. Unlike streaming, users do not need an internet connection to receive content on 5G-compatible end devices, whereby mobile television does not use up the user's data volume.

VIDEO: What is 5G Broadcast? Everything you need to know about the future of digital terrestrial television.

The best from the world of broacast and mobile communications

One of the biggest advantages of 5G Broadcast is that the distributed content can reach an unlimited number of users simultaneously. In contrast to mobile networks, broadcasting networks lack of a return channel from the user to the base station, so they cannot offer non-linear services (meaning that user interaction with the content is not possible). 5G Broadcast, however, combines the best of both worlds. When interacting with 5G Broadband – the mobile communications technology – a hybrid communication network is established which supports both linear and non-linear media applications.

In the long run, both the broadcast industry and the mobile communications industry want to enable a user experience that can compete with global streaming services and OTT providers such as Amazon Prime or Netflix. To enable this for both worlds, a common ecosystem must be created for distributing digital media content via 5G. To this end, the ORS is involved in the global 5G Media Action Group, with Austria being represented by ORS Managing Director Michael Wagenhofer.

News about 5G Broadcast

ORS-CEO Michael Wagenhofer

"Next Generation TV" as an opportunity: Innovative customer services through 5G Broadcast

24.09.2021
New transmission technologies such as 5G Broadcast enable TV platforms to provide innovative customer services. At the Austrian Media Days, ORS CEO Michael Wagenhofer highlighted the potential for the changing TV market.

ORS fuels positive development of 5G Broadcast

06.08.2021
The continuing development of the 5G Broadcast Ecosystem is moving forward: to promote new use cases for 5G broadcasting, ORS has now released new features for its open source 5G broadcast receiver "OBECA".
5G Broadcast receiver

ORS publishes first release of open source 5G Broadcast receiver

29.03.2021
The development of "OBECA", the world's smallest open source 5G Broadcast receiver, constitutes a significant research contribution by the ORS to the further development of the new transmission standard. The first software release of the open source recei
5G Broadcast receiver

ORS develops 5G Broadcast Receiver for TV, Radio and Streaming

15.02.2021
5G Broadcast is the future of television. However, as there are not yet any end devices for the new transmission standard, the ORS has developed the world's smallest open source 5G Broadcast receiver as part of the "OBECA" project.
EBU Forecast with Michael Wagenhofer (ORS)

5G Broadcast: Initial findings from the ORS trial in Vienna

26.11.2020
For several months, the ORS has been conducting a trial of the new 5G Broadcast transmission standard in Vienna. Michael Wagenhofer (CEO of ORS) presented the initial findings and conclusions at "EBU Forecast 2020".
live presentation of 5G Broadcast

ORS introduces new 5G Broadcast transmission standard

24.09.2020
The ongoing test operation of 5G Broadcast was presented at the Austrian Media Days. ORS managing director Michael Wagenhofer discussed with a top-class panel the benefits of the new transmission standard.
Webconference at 5G World

CEO panel: Possibilities and visions of media distribution with 5G

04.09.2020
Expert discussion at the 5G World 2020: a CEO panel consisting of Michael Wagenhofer (ORS), Karim Taga (Arthur D. Little), David Lynn (ViacomCBS) and Ronan Dunne (Verizon) discussed the possibilities of media distribution with 5G.
Start of mobile 5G broadcast measurements by ORS in Vienna

5G Broadcast Testbed Vienna: Mobile measurements have been started

16.07.2020
In mid-July, the first mobile measurements of the 5G Broadcast trial have started in Vienna with a novel measurement vehicle developed by the ORS. The goal of the trial is to investigate possible transmission capacities under various everyday situations.

5G broadcast trial starts end of March 2020

17.03.2020
Michael Wagenhofer (ORS CEO) gives an outlook in the EBU tech-i magazine on the 5G Broadcast trial operation in Vienna starting at the end of March 2020.

VIDEO & e-Booklet: The future of broadcasting in the age of 5G

03.01.2020
5G is the future – this is the broad consensus. But what role does broadcasting play when a separate global uniform standard is available with 5G Broadcast?