Bringing 5G Broadcasting to the Masses

November 14 Chapter Meeting

Maybe you’ve heard that a Boston LPTV station, WWOO-LD, received an experimental license and is now broadcasting 5G technology from an antenna in downtown Boston. XGN Network is providing the technical horsepower and CEO Frank Copsidas says they chose 5G both for its economics for LPTV station owners and its potential for compatibility with existing mobile phones.

Qualcomm tried something similar to this with the MediaFLO project in the late 2000s and they discontinued the system. What makes Copsidas and their partners Bitstern and Qualcomm think they can make it work this time? What content would we watch? What does the FCC say about this? Do handsets have apps that allow access? What’s happening at WWOO-LD now?

For the answers to these and more questions, join our presenters from XGN, Bitstem, and Qualcomm as Chapters 36 and 47 host a Zoom online presentation on Tuesday, November 14 at 11:30 AM PT. Sign-up for the meeting here.

You can find videos of the 5G launches and more information at

About Frank Copsidas of XGN

“SuperFrank” Copsidas is the founder and CEO of XGN Network, which launched the first 24/7 5G Broadcast station in the world at WWOO-LD Boston, plus the first solution for the public to receive a 5G Broadcast using a Linux SDR. Frank also is CEO of Intrigue TV, the licensee for 10 LPTV stations, and the Founder/President of the LPTV Broadcasters Association. Previously, Frank owned and operated radio stations in partnership with Susquehanna Radio and ran an international artist management firm.

About Klaus Kuehnhammer of Bitstem

Klaus has been involved in signal processing and multimedia streaming since 1998. He has an MA in computational linguistics from the University of Vienna and started his professional career creating acoustic and syntactic models for speech recognition systems at Philips, where he later was part of the team that developed the first range of IP-enabled Hi-Fi sets for multimedia streaming. Through his company Bitstem, founded in 2007, he has created IP interfaces for analog and digital two-way radio communication, drive test systems for various broadcast and radio standards, and provides consulting and development services in the communication and infrastructure industries. Its latest product is a modulator for 5G Broadcast. In the Nakolos project, he has been actively progressing the 5G Broadcast ecosystem through the creation of open-source 5G-MAG reference tools for the transmission, reception, and processing of 5G Broadcast signals.

About Aytac Biber of Qualcomm

Aytac is a Director at Qualcomm. He works on ecosystem and partnership development for new audio-visual coding and broadcast standards. Prior to his current role, Aytac managed a video technology roadmap for Snapdragon processors. Before Qualcomm Aytac held product management roles at DivX and Vestel in the consumer electronics segment. He holds BSc., EE, and MBA degrees from ITU and SDSU. He is a board member of CTA WAVE,  DASH-IF, and MC-IF organizations.

About Tao Luo of Qualcomm

Tao Luo is a senior director of engineering and leading the systems engineering of the mmWave project and 5G broadcast in Wireless Research and Development Qualcomm Research at Qualcomm. He has actively contributed to system design, analysis, IPR generation, and standardization of HSUPA, LTE, LTE-A/LAA/eLAA, MuLTEfire, Pre-5G, 5G NR, and more recently on 5G advanced, and 6G. He was a recipient of the Upendra Patel Achievement Award for contributions towards Qualcomm’s first-generation LTE technology development and commercialization in 2011 and the Qualcomm IP Excellence Award in 2020. He holds more than two thousand U.S.-granted patents.

Tao Luo received a BSEE degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, an M.Sc. degree from Queen’s University, Canada, and a Ph.D. degree in EECS from the University of Toronto.