ENSURING EUROPE’S LEADERSHIP
5G is expected to have an even greater impact on European society than today’s Internet or broadcasting. It promises very high capacity broadband, together with low costs to the consumer, within the next decade. Europe needs to be in the forefront of 5G and ready for the oncoming wave of new services enabled by 5G.
5G-Xcast will help ensure Europe’s leadership. Public demand for immersive media expands to 4k/8k Ultra-High-Definition Television (UHDTV) including HDR (High-Dynamic Range), HFR (High Frame Rates) and wide colour space, object-based content, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR), 360° visual media and Next Generation Audio. 5G is expected to provide the main means to deliver these new audio-visual media including their consumer interactivity. It is a challenge that Europe must rise to.
5G-Xcast will devise, assess and demonstrate a conceptually novel and forward-looking 5G network architecture for large scale immersive media delivery.
5G-Xcast will be the first 5G-PPP project to focus on the holistic implementation of multicast/broadcast as a critical technology element in 5G systems in addition and as a complement to unicast. 5G-Xcast technologies will be also fundamental to progress towards the vision of a converged 5G infrastructure for fixed and mobile accesses, including terrestrial broadcast, to audio-visual media content. The project will take a holistic approach to harmonize the media delivery among the three considered types of networks and to provide an optimised and seamless media user experience.
Provide efficient, scalable and sustainable solutions for a large-scale distribution of media services fully consistent with the core 5G specifications, contributing to the definition of 5G and its standardization in 3GPP.
Facilitate seamless integration of fixed, mobile and terrestrial broadcast networks into a unified heterogeneous and flexible 5G infrastructure, enabling better use of network resource, easier evolution paths to future functionalities and services and improved QoE.
Enable new sustainable business models, new applications and services, and a graceful migration of media and entertainment services from the legacy networks to 5G.
Bring the Media and Entertainment vertical into 5G-PPP, bringing together for the first time major and small and medium size players from mobile/fixed/broadcast industries.