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The European broadcast tide is flowing towards 5G TV

The tide among European broadcasters is flowing away from DTT (digital terrestrial TV) towards 5G for over-the-air video transmission, encouraged by the European Union’s reallocation of the upper 700 MHz band (694-790 MHz) from digital terrestrial to cellular by 2022. The shift has been reflected in a change of stance by leading broadcasters and 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 Deutschland in January 2019 for both linear and VoD…

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