Ateme has announced that it was behind the first transmission of a 5G signal over a licensed broadcast facility, in a proof of concept of 5G Broadcast to the country’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Executed by Boston-based, Milachi Media -owned TV station WWOO-LD, and Qualcomm Technologies, the demonstration represents a significant milestone in the US media industry and heralds a new era for video delivery and public safety.
The launch was made pursuant to an FCC experimental authorisation and was live streamed on Wednesday, Sept 13th at 10.30 am atwww.xgn.network.
Prior to pioneering the 5G Broadcast transmission in the US, Ateme had already spearheaded the technology in multiple markets including India, Brazil, and Europe. Its 5G Broadcast solution – which includes live encoding as well as efficient packaging and multiplexing – successfully transmitted sports events and song contests in France, Austria, and Germany, among others.
Commenting on the first US transmission, Frank Copsidas CEO of XGen Network, said: “We are thrilled to have partnered with Ateme in this historic demonstration, showcasing the transformative potential of 5G Broadcast.
“Working together, we have opened up exciting new possibilities for content delivery and viewer experiences in the US television industry”.
Mickaël Raulet, CTO at Ateme, added: “Deploying 5G Broadcast technology opens up huge doors.
“Broadcasters will be able to expand their reach, regardless of the 5G-compatible device used, and to transform how content is consumed and experienced. This is a huge win for the industry and for viewers. We’re excited to be enabling this revolutionary standard in the US”.
Lorenzo Casaccia, VP, technical standards & IP, Qualcomm Technologies, said: “Support for 5G broadcast has grown significantly over the last few years, and our historic accomplishment further exemplifies the broad interest and growth.
“The collaboration between Ateme, WWOO-LD, and Qualcomm Technologies is a major step forward in how content can be delivered to a wide array of devices”.