ATSC 3.0 and 5G as Complementary, Not Competitive, Technologies

Wednesday, April 10 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location: SU13306

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Much of the current conversation surrounding 5G has centered around its impact on the wireless industry and how carriers are preparing their networks for the next generation of wireless technology. Far fewer discussions have taken place on the impact 5G will have on broadcast technology and the benefits to broadcasters.

This presentation will look at how wireless operators and broadcasters can work together, and the opportunities and advantages that will result from a complementary vs competitive approach. Key elements will include:

▪ How 5G and ATSC 3.0 will both require more infill than previous technologies and significant additions to both sectors’ infrastructure. This will result in an increasing need to share towers or other infrastructure as ATSC 3.0 and 5G take shape.

▪ The growing trend of edge computing to support 5G. As carriers look to bring data as close to the end user as possible (i.e. the “edge”), broadcast facilities are incredibly well positioned to provide the perfect environment for this technology.

Bottom Line: Despite the common idea that 5G is the beginning of the end for broadcast, as both wireless carriers and broadcasters prepare for new technologies, the overlap in infrastructure requirements mean more opportunities for the two segments.



Education Program: Destination 5G Theater