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Austrians push for 5G TV switchover

Austrian public and commercial broadcasters demand 5G TV and radio network.

Media organisations in the central European country are already considering how 5G can be used for terrestrial broadcasting and how it would replace the current DVB-T2 and DAB+ TV and radio platforms, resulting in a further switchover for consumers.

According to a report in newspaper "Der Standard", public broadcaster ORF, its infrastructure offshoot ORS and commercial broadcasters have called for the 470-700 MHz band - covering the frequencies used by digital terrestrial TV - to be assigned to a 5G Broadcasting Network.

Future 5G mobile operators shouldn't be allowed to block mobiles and other devices from accessing the network, according to the proposals.

Access to the broadcasting network should be possible across a variety of devices, even without a SIM card and without a contract.

ORS wants to develop and launch its own 5G Network to carry both linear and on-demand television and radio services, according to the report. First tests are planned for later this year.

Last week it was confirmed that the BBC would commence tests of 5G Broadcast Radio in Orkney. A test of 5G TV Broadcasting is currently taking place in neighbouring Bavaria. And across the Alps in Switzerland, digital terrestrial TV is being axed this summer, although FM radio is to be phased out in favour of DAB+.