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Germany’s BR bets on 5G replacing DVB-T2

The tide among European broadcasters is flowing away from DTT towards 5G for over the air video transmission, encouraged by the EU’s reallocation of the upper high-quality 700 MHz band (694-790 MHz) from digital terrestrial to cellular that must be completed by 2022 at the latest. This has been reflected in a change of stance by leading broadcasters and also the pubcasters body, the EBU (European Broadcasting Union). Originally the EBU lobbied hard to defend DTT spectrum from mobile invasion but has more recently been focusing on influencing the development of 5G in favor of broadcasting, through a variety of projects. Regional public broadcaster WDR was the first in Germany to come out for 5G by starting trials with Vodafone…

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