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'Broadcasting New Media - is 5G a solution or a diversion?' Digital Delivery and Content SIG event - London

Start date/time :  13:00 13th Jun 2017
End date/time :  17:00 13th Jun 2017
Venue :  Digital Catapult, 101 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London NR1 2RA

The broadcast industry’s business models and the way we consume content are evolving rapidly. Key developments include the availability to consumers of high quality mobile devices and TV screens, the evolution of video standards (migration to HD and the emergence of UHD 4K), the proliferation of internet protocol (IP), over-the-top (OTT) TV services and more recently the debut of the ‘IP Studio’ in production. These factors all create significant additional traffic and service requirements that could have serious implications for the satisfactory working of all types of fixed and mobile networks. Speakers include Will Saunders of BBC Studios.


Recent research into viewing behaviour across traditional live television, recorded programmes, catch-up and other on-demand services, short-form videos (e.g. YouTube) and DVDs, shows that there is a significant trend in demand, especially amongst younger audiences, towards the consumption of content … “anytime, anywhere, any device”.

‘5G’ is the next stage in mobile/smartphone connectivity; and in the UK, the government has just thrown its weight behind the new standard's development, pledging no less than £740m to the industry. The main advantage of 5G networks compared with 4G will be the increased data capacity. It is projected that 5G payloads will be able to support UHD and 360° video delivery for both individual (unicast) and multiple (broadcast) consumer services to 5G-compatible mobile devices. New forms of media and content will be delivered quickly and cheaply, without the need for RF or Wi-Fi connectivity on performance or cost grounds.

Can 5G and the new mobile network infrastructure being rolled out over the next few years, provide the solution to the public’s demands for ubiquitous high quality content? Or will Broadcasters continue to rely on the traditional platforms of cable, satellite and terrestrial transmission? Our panel of experts from the mobile and broadcast industries will provide the answers to these questions in an interesting, informative and interactive debate.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Will Saunders, Creative Director, Digital, BBC Studios

The Digital Delivery and Content SIG is championed by David Crawford of University of Essex/Ravensbourne, Tim Cook, Independent Consultant, Russell Inman of BBC Engineering, Chris Noakes of BBC Research & Development, and Sami Susiaho of BskyB.

To follow this SIG on Twitter, @cambwireless, please use #CWDDC

This event is FREE to members and non members of CW. To join CW as a member and attend future events for free, please visit

Limited FREE places for non-members: We are keen to engage with, and foster the next generation of technologists and engineers - we have limited FREE places for non-members who are under 35. If you would like to register for one of these places, please register as a non-member and tick the appropriate age range under Delegate Profile. This will then bring up a box to enter your date of birth. We will then confirm if you have received a place within one week of the event.

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