Wireless Media Distribution Beyond 2020

Sophia Antipolis, France

ETSI and the EBU are pleased to announce an important and timely event to examine the future of the delivery of audiovisual media services.

The event will take place on 6 May 2015, at ETSI’s Headquarters in Sophia Antipolis (South of France).

5G is currently in the process of being defined. 5G is expected to be able to provide ubiquitous connectivity combined with ‘always sufficient’ capacity, low latency and high throughput, all on a cost- and energy efficient basis.

The ambition is that the future 5G ecosystem would support a virtually unlimited number of connected devices and an all-encompassing range of use cases, thus providing essential infrastructure for many different industries. This should naturally include audio-visual media services and applications which will continue to be popular in the future.

Audiovisual services are provided in response to consumer demand and to fulfil public policy objectives. If 5G is to play a role in a large-scale delivery of audiovisual services, it has to be capable of supporting evolving user behaviour and all relevant types of linear, on-demand and converged media services. It should also have the flexibility to be used in combination with other delivery mechanisms, e.g. broadcast and fixed broadband networks, in order to provide a consistent user experience. Beyond the technical developments, this may require re-thinking market models and associated regulation to develop an ecosystem which supports a viable business activity for all actors.

This event aims to identify the necessary steps that will facilitate distribution of media services in the context of 5G, keeping in mind the consumer interest as well as the long-term business, operational and regulatory requirements of different stakeholders.

ETSI and the EBU have a long history of cooperation in technical standards development and together are uniquely placed to organize this event with the involvement of the broadcast and mobile communications sectors.

Who should attend?

This event is of particular interest to the executives (decision makers) in broadcast and mobile sectors that are involved in strategy and business development as well as the media regulators and policy makers at national and international level. CTO-level managers and technical management will also find this a compelling event.


All programme and speaker details are now available on the ETSI website.

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