Now Here: The First End-to-End 5G Broadcast Network


ARK Mediacom Inc. has demonstrated the first end-to-end delivery of IP streaming video content, in collaboration with its key technology partners. The testing was successful thanks to the utilization the next generation ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard from studio origination to the consumer edge.

This, ARK notes, is an important benchmark in proving the ability to deliver IP video streaming services nationwide over the ARK broadcast network.

Intelsat provided the satellite IP transmission.

“This successful test demonstrates how ARK broadcast 5G will deliver OTT to the edge,” the company says.

DigiCAP also participated by simultaneously streaming four discrete video streams over WiFi to a TV, laptop, tablet and smart phone.

Hitachi Comark served as system integrator along with technologists from 13 companies and 3 continents.

Dick Fiore, President of Hitachi Comark, commented, “Comark Digital Services was founded for this particular purpose, to bring about exciting new ways of utilizing the ATSC-3 standard to enhance the viewing experience, and to expand IP based services to areas that previously were under deployed. This is just another great step forward by leaders of organizations that have the vision and drive to make things happen.”

ARK CEO Vern Fotheringham added, “The most exciting thing about broadcast 5G is our now-demonstrated ability to simulcasting content across a nationwide IP multicast network that enables virtually unlimited OTT video and IP data delivery directly to consumers. This is a stark contrast to the existing fixed and mobile carrier’s reliance on unicast one-to-one connection-based solutions that further impact the over-stressed architecture of today’s Internet.”

Broadpeak is a part of the ARK 5G and ATSC 3.0 trials.

“The combination of our nanoCDN multicast ABR for satellite and BkS350 Origin Packager enables the recording, packaging and delivery via satellite of the most popular live shows and VOD content,” said CEO Jacques Le Mancq. “We are excited to work with forward thinking customers like ARK and all of the other best of breed partners associated with this project.”