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Having already chartered a course for 5G broadcast in India, Brazil and Europe, video compression, delivery and streaming solutions firm Ateme has revealed it was a driving force of the first transmission of a 5G signal over a licensed broadcast facility in the US.
Ateme 22Sep2023
The deployment – said to represent a significant milestone in the US media industry, heralding a new era for video delivery and public safety - was part of 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.

Through multicast technology, 5G Broadcast is designed to help broadcasters reduce transmission costs, widen their reach, and offer viewers innovative ways of consuming TV, all while also reducing latency. The technology also frees broadcasters from the mobile network operator thanks to unlocked SIMs, allowing them to deliver video independently. Said to be Ideal for mass delivery of content such as live sports events, concerts and emergency alerts, 5G Broadcast also covers a wider area than alternative broadcast methods, with antennas that have a range of over 50 miles.

Prior to pioneering the 5G Broadcast transmission in the US, Ateme’s 5G Broadcast solution – which includes live encoding as well as efficient packaging and multiplexing – has successfully transmitted sports events and song contests in France, Austria, and Germany, among others.

“Deploying 5G Broadcast technology opens up huge doors,” said Mickaël Raulet, chief technology officer at Ateme. “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.”

“Support for 5G broadcast has grown significantly over the last few years, and our historic accomplishment further exemplifies the broad interest and growth,” said Lorenzo Casaccia, vice president, technical standards & IP, Qualcomm Technologies. “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.”