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In its second survey in a matter of weeks investigating the potential effects of the next-generation communications infrastructure on its industry, virtualised media production firm Nevion has found 2% of broadcasters believe that 5G cellular networks will emerge as the preferred way to access content.
Nevion 5G Infographic 16 June 2020
Moreover, the global survey of broadcasters, found that just over a with over a third (37%) of these respondents expected 5G to begin replacing traditional broadcast distribution like DTT/DTV and satellite within one to two years. A tenth of the survey still anticipate that it will take more than three years for 5G to overtake traditional services but the vast majority (94%) of broadcasters agree that 5G will likely increase the consumption of content.

One of the key drivers of this trend said Nevion was the increasing numbers of people favouring streaming over conventional linear television delivery. IT noted that the capabilities of 5G would help to cater to this audience and the demand to be able to stream content on the go.

However, Nevion also observed that there were clear shortcomings with the current capabilities of mobile technology compared to DTT, which is highly optimised for power-efficient digital linear broadcast distribution. There was also a key distinction between the potential of service provider offerings for broadcast media consumption and the use of the 5G radio technology to provide future real time broadcast distribution capability. These views regarding 5G as the primary means of distribution of TV content were also reflected in the research findings. Half of the broadcasters surveyed think the biggest challenge of using it will be network performance issues and coverage issues were indicated by 42%. This was followed by issues with reliability (26%) and network security (22%), as well as some broadcasters expressing concern about the environmental impact of 5G.

“5G technology can potentially deliver OTT broadcast services with the quality required not only for mobile devices, but also for TV screens at home,” commented Nevion chief technologist Andy Rayner. “This could mean, as our research uncovered, that 5G is eventually likely to usurp DTT for consumers at home as well as on the move. In the long term, it is likely that 5G mobile technology could become the standard means to deliver terrestrial television. However, it is expected that both DTT and 5G delivery (when ready) will co-exist for a reasonable time.”

The survey concluded noting that broadcasting was only just scratching the surface of 5G but it was too soon to say exactly at which point in the broadcast chain 5G would provide the most value. Nevion advised broadcasters currently delivering with DTT to work with experts to follow the evolution of 5G broadcast capability.