Nevion, BT and Telenor to validate new 5G tech as part of 5G-VINNI project
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Faye Sutton
| 01 September 2020
Virtualised media production specialist Nevion is working with Telenor and BT to evaluate the performance of new 5G technologies.

Nevion Logo 1 Sep 2020The companies are members of the EU-funded 5G-VINNI (5G Verticals INNovation Infrastructure) initiative, which aims to accelerate the uptake of 5G in Europe by providing an end to end facility that supports pilot use cases as the infrastructure evolves. Nevion is involved in the project’s external stakeholder board and contributes with the provision of its orchestration and SDN control software VideoIPath and its software-defined media node Virtuoso.

5G-VINNI comprises 23 partners including major operators, academia and industry vendors and is run at four main sites in Norway, the UK, Spain and Greece.

Nevion has been working closely with BT at the Adastral Park Campus in Ipswich, UK, where both companies have a significant R&D presence. The initial phases consist of qualifying the inherent performance of 5G technology, looking both at the data plane (the transport of media over the network) and the control plane (managing the flow of media). Once the qualification is completed, the project will move to proof of concept trials.

Paul Muschamp, head of future communications research at BT, said: “There is a lot of interest in many industries in 5G, and broadcasting is no exception. The technology offers the potential to create a more agile live media production. The requirements for that application are quite exceptional though, in terms of high data volume, low latency and no tolerance for transmission failure. This makes live media production a great test of the performance of 5G, which is the objective of 5G-VINNI.”

Nevion chief technologist Andy Rayner added: “Whilst 5G capabilities are already provided by some service providers across the world, many of the key technology elements essential for agile mobile media production are yet to mature. Nevion is really pleased to be helping the 5G-VINNI project identify the areas that need to be developed.”