ORS has developed what it’s describing as the “world’s smallest open source 5G Broadcast receiver”.
Work OBECA (Open Broadcast Edge Cache Appliance) began in September 2020 with the objective of providing an intermediate step for the development of future broadcasting applications with 5G Broadcast on mobile end devices, such as smartphones or tablets
While 5G Broadcast is perceived as the future of television, to date there have been no end devices for the transmission standard.
“OBECA consists of three levels: the receiver, the gateway and the test application. We are currently developing and adapting the receiver”, says project manager Dr Johann Mika, commenting on the current status of the project. “The development is going well and we’re optimistic that we can provide the 5G Broadcast community with a first release of the receiver by as early as the end of March.”
ORS represents Österreichische Rundfunksender GmbH & Co KG – Austrian Broadcasting Services (ORS) and its subsidiary ORS comm GmbH & Co KG (ORS comm). Public broadcaster ORF is a 60% shareholder.