Depicted as the ‘theme park for NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0)’ by South Korea’s Radio Promotion Association (RAPA), the testbed for ATSC 3.0 will open its door to international broadcasters, telecoms and broadcast equipment vendors this year on South Korea’s Jeju Island.
After the Korean Communications Commissions permitted RAPA the licence to experiment with the ATSC 3.0 standard, the test facility swiftly expanded its equipment to include NextGen TV transmitters, RF equipment, single frequency network (SFN) test sites and a diverse range of 3.0 consumer receivers. The association aims to offer world-class test facilities to enable researchers to verify NextGen TV service models, interoperability and advance the overall ATSC 3.0 ecosystem and standards.
RAPA’s communications manager, Jay Jeon, said in an announcement: “We want to offer facilities to enable evaluation of future-oriented service models that can be tested and verified.”
According to RAPA, the testbed will not charge for the usage of the 3.0 facility on the island, and is inviting interested parties worldwide to use its facilities. Jeon continued: “If you are a consumer electronics company, even one that’s not a Korean company, that’s fine. If you are a technology supplier not originally from Korea, the facility is open to you … If you are involved in non-commercial R&D and want to test and verify technology, we want you to use this facility.”
RAPA revealed that as of November last year, various mobile telecoms service providers, TV broadcasters and South Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute have used its facilities.