ORS publishes first release of open source 5G Broadcast receiver

Monday, March 29, 2021, 12:00 O'clock

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 receiver has now been published. Engineers around the world are invited to collaborate on OBECA.

OBECA: First release published on GitHub

The ORS presented the "OBECA" project – the development of what is currently the world's smallest 5G Broadcast receiver – in February. It is intended to tackle the lack of mobile end devices for 5G Broadcast ecosystems. The ORS project team has now published the first version of OBECA ("Open Broadcast Edge Cache Appliance"), the open source 5G Broadcast receiver, on GitHub.

First use of 8 MHz broadcast channels with 5G Broadcast

The first version of OBECA includes the functionality to receive 5G Broadcast signals (FeMBMS and Release 16) and enables the transmission of programmes in RTP format. In addition, the receiver already provides the option to receive signals with normal broadcast bandwidths (6, 7 and 8 MHz broadcasting channels)*.

Thanks to implementation efforts on transmitter sides, the ORS is able to test an entire 8 MHz broadcast channel in HPHT live operation in Austria – a world first.

ORS offers webinars on OBECA

The coming weeks are to be characterised entirely by the technical further development of OBECA. For instance, new functions are to be implemented and enhanced, and interested partners and colleagues supported in the commissioning of their own OBECAs.

Anyone who wants a specific, technical insight into the concept, layout and functions of OBECA will have the opportunity to take part in a free ORS webinar at the end of April.

The next update, which will enable all WLAN-compatible end devices to receive OTT streams via OBECA by means of 5G Broadcast, is also to be made available in early May.

  • INFO: If you would like to take part in the webinar or have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at obeca@ors.at

Link to the 5G Broadcast OBECA project site on GitHub

All the information about 5G Broadcast


* 5G Broadcast currently supports bandwidths conform with mobile communications, such as 3, 5, 10 MHz. With the implementation of bandwidths conform with broadcasting, such as 6, 7 and 8 MHz, the ORS is supporting a corresponding proposal by the EBU for standardisation in 3GPP.

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