Combining Space and Terrestrial Components for Cutting “Edge” Delivery


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The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has partnered with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop solutions that leverage 5G systems and “edgecasting.” BroadbandTV News reported that the initiative, called 5G-EMERGE, will use integrated satellite and terrestrial communication systems, enabling “smarter and more efficient media delivery.”

Antonio Arcidiacono, director of technology & innovation at the EBU, said, “Together, we will build a solution that combines all satellite and terrestrial IP-based network infrastructures, guaranteeing sustainability and quality of service.” He added, “It also guarantees that the network will cover 100 percent of the population, no matter where they are located. This is a critical requirement for public service media organizations”.

5G-EMERGE is a collaboration between 20 companies from Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. The EBU will lead the project, which ESA funds, reported BroadbandTV News.       

According to the EBU, the project could lay the groundwork for “better access to high-quality video, game and XR experiences live and uninterrupted from anywhere – at home and on the move.” This could be exciting news for TV users, gamers, and future metaverse users, reported BroadbandTV News.

Elodie Viau, director of telecommunications and integrated applications at ESA, added, “It is crucial for Europe to protect and enhance its autonomy when it comes to media and communications infrastructure. The 5G-EMERGE project will support the digital transformation of European society, enabling new applications and services.”

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