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DT, RTL Deutschland develop 5G network slicing

February 21, 2022

Deutsche Telekom and RTL Deutschland are testing the production of live video content in their 5G standalone network.

In the future, high-quality broadcasting will be possible with smartphones over 5G connections. The progress is achieved by a technology called network slicing. The new technology divides the network into logically separate sections. In the future, such a virtual network slice will allow especially journalists to broadcast data-intensive video signals live from the scene of action. A key feature of the service is that the necessary bandwidths will be technically assured. This even applies to heavily utilised mobile communications cells. Thus, the partners plan to bring mobile TV journalism to a new technological level.

“Thanks to 5G Standalone, the entire TV technology for a live broadcast will fit in your pocket in the future. This 5G solution will revolutionise mobile journalism. With RTL Deutschland, we have an innovative partner at our side for this. We are testing the new 5G solution together and thus taking the needs of journalists into account at an early stage,” said Claudia Nemat. She is responsible for the Technology and Innovation Board department at Deutsche Telekom.

“The development of innovative technologies is an important pillar in our strategy to inform and entertain our viewers and users in the best possible way. Relevant journalism is highly up-to-date and particularly happens on the go. This is especially true for breaking news. Real-time video with 5G makes these mobile TV reports even more accessible. In our tests, Telekom’s 5G standalone network was able to exceed the high demands of TV operations in terms of signal transmission. The network is secure and reliable. And this innovation ties in seamlessly with the use of smartphones. It enables our journalists to focus even more on what counts: reporting independent news from any location at any time,” said Matthias Dang, Co-CEO RTL Deutschland.

With the joint tests, Deutsche Telekom and RTL Deutschland are strengthening their partnership. So far, the focus has been on content around RTL+ and Magenta TV. Now Telekom and RTL Deutschland are broadening their partnership and start working on innovative technologies together.

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