The 5G-Xcast project is organising a workshop during the IEEE International Symposium on Broadband Multimedia Systems and Broadcasting (BMSB) in June 2018 (Valencia, Spain). The workshop is titled “Point-to-Multipoint as Key Technology Element for 5G Systems”. IEEE BMSB 2018 will be also organised by Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), member of the 5G-Xcast consortium. The IEEE BMSB 2018 is the premier forum for the presentation and exchange of technical advances in the rapidly converging areas of multimedia broadcasting, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and networking technologies.

2018 will be the year of the first normative specifications of the fifth generation of wireless systems 5G. The conference will include several workshops focusing on the upcoming 5G technology. IEEE BMSB 2018 will organize a main 5G workshop approaching the last innovations and research activities in 5G-PPP. Moreover, the conference will hold not only our workshop but also others organised by 5G-PPP projects: IoRL, 5G-Transformer, 5G-CORAL, 5G-Ex, Bluespace, NGPaaS and 5G-MEDIA. In addition, IEEE BMSB 2018 will be co-located with a one-day tutorial on emerging 5G broadcast technologies and applications by 5G-Xcast.

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Point-to-multipoint (PTM) will be demonstrated in 5G-Xcast thanks to a conceptually novel and forward-looking 5G network architecture for large scale immersive media delivery. PTM appears as part of the 5G vision of many stakeholders, including the 5G-PPP. 3GPP decided to prioritize the work in other areas for 5G Release (Rel)’15 and hence PTM is expected to be addressed from Rel’16. This creates an opportunity to develop novel solutions and contribute to the standardization work, by providing not only theoretical studies but also proof-of-concepts and demonstrators to experimentally test the proposed technologies over fixed, mobile and broadcast networks.

5G-Xcast is developing PTM capabilities for 5G considering automotive, Internet-of-Things (IoT), Media & Entertainment (M&E) and Public Warning Systems (PWS) use cases. The objective is to design a dynamically adaptable 5G network architecture with layer independent network interfaces capable of dynamically and seamlessly switching between unicast, multicast and broadcast modes or use them in parallel and exploiting built-in caching capabilities. The project will experimentally demonstrate the 5G key innovations developed in the project for the M&E and PWS verticals.
The workshop will accept papers related to PTM for next generation 5G networks. More particularly:

  • 5G Radio Access Network design for point to multipoint transmissions.
  • 5G Core Network Design for broadcast technologies.
  • Seamless convergence of fixed, mobile and broadcast networks.
  • Evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) and 5G New Radio.
  • Novel techniques in modulation, coding and waveform.
  • Technology prototypes and demonstrations for broadcast in 5G.
  • Advanced techniques for other digital terrestrial systems: DVB, DVB-WIB or ATSC 3.0.