5G-Xcast is proud to announce that deliverable D6.3 on Test-Beds Integration and Deployment is now released and can be downloaded from this link.

This document concentrates on the planning and development process for testbeds and trials within 5G-Xcast project. The trials have been planned to experimentally demonstrate multicast and broadcast features developed for dynamically adaptable future 5G network architecture, leveraging on the development of three test-beds, including two urban city test-beds: IRT/Nokia in Munich (Germany), 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) in Surrey (UK), and TUAS in Turku (Finland).

Focusing on two use case verticals, i.e., Media and Entertainment and Public Warning, following trials are implemented in the three test-beds:

  • Hybrid Broadcasting Service trials are conducted in the Munich test-bed, including the incorporating components from project partners, e.g., simultaneous delivery of linear TV and on-demand content, multi-network connectivity and seamless transition between networks, and dynamic allocation of unicast/multicast according to traffic demand.
  • Object Based Broadcasting trials are implemented in the Surrey test-bed in the 5GIC in the University of Surrey, consisting of media objects delivered via a mixture of multicast and unicast.
  • Public Warning trials are conducted in the Turku test-bed, incorporating broadcast transmission of multimedia public warning messages. Spectrum trials are also carried out in the Turku test-bed, focusing on flexible spectrum allocation mechanisms and their evolution towards 5G.

The development of the test-beds is elaborated in this document, as an essential part of the roadmap towards the integration of the trials and the demonstration of the corresponding use cases on the test-bed. Elements such as Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP streaming, Multilink and MBMS Operation On-Demand are to be implemented in the Munich test-bed for the trials of Hybrid Broadcast Service. Object Based Broadcasting elements such as Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over Multicast are being added to the Surrey test-bed and the necessary components for the Public Warning and the Spectrum Manager are being implemented in the TUAS test-bed.