Dr. Roland BuetlerDistribution Strategy Manager at Südwestrundfunk (SWF)
Roland Beutler studied Physics at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics from the Max-Planck-Institute for Metal Physics, also in Stuttgart. Between 1995 and 1996 he worked at the Università degli Studi di Lecce, Italy, under a Fellowship of the European Commission. In 1993 he joined SWR to work in the frequency planning department and is currently responsible for programme distribution strategy.
Dr Beutler has been participating in EBU technical activities for more than 15 years and has chaired several EBU groups dealing with the future of broadcast distribution systems. He was chair of the several of EBU’s Strategic Programmes and Project Teams. Currently he acts as chairman for the Strategic Programme on Distribution. This group coordinates the engagement of European broadcasters in 3GPP, the global standardization organization of mobile technology. Roland Beutler is actively participating in different 3GPP groups to support the requirements of broadcasters for 4G and 5G developments. He is also a member of the Steering Group of the 5G Media Action Group.
Roland Beutler is also involved in ITU and CEPT work and has been responsible for several of their working groups, both radio and TV related. He participated in WRC-12, WRC-15 and RRC-06 and was deeply involved in the preparation of the latter conference. Moreover, he has published several articles and four books on frequency and network planning for digital terrestrial broadcasting systems, the digital dividend of broadcasting and the evolution of broadcast content distribution.