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Ericsson Mobile TeleSystems and Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, have successfully completed their first live tests of LTE Broadcast. The trial took place at MTS’ office in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, while video content was distributed from Aachen, Germany, using Ericsson’s end-to-end LTE Broadcast solution, which shows the feasibility of a fully distributed operator solution. Pre-configured LTE Broadcast-enabled mobile devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon810 processor with an integrated X10 LTE modem.
LTE Broadcast delivers a new video experience, offering quality broadcast video over LTE networks and enabling new video services, while helping service providers to optimise network resources and available spectrum and offload networks. The service uses Single Frequency Network technology, such as DVB-T, to distribute the signal to an unlimited number of recipients. Users only need an LTE Broadcast app installed on their devices in order to access the service.
During the test, the devices received different video feeds. The necessary features were enabled on on the trial devices featuring the Snapdragon 810 processor with X10 LTE, which features Qualcomm Technologies’ comprehensive LTE Broadcast solution for the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS). The solution featured the chipset, broadcast middleware, multimedia services, and a proven interface for LTE Broadcast application development. Additionally, the X10 LTE modem supports up to 450 Mbps download speed even in intensive use cases like 4K video streaming.
Andrei Ushatskiy, MTS Vice President, Technology and IT, said, “The delivery of broadcast entertainment is set to enter a new era in Russia and MTS intends to lead this process through our enhanced LTE Broadcast technology. Consumers want to be able to watch premium high-quality content, such as live sporting events, when and where they wish and MTS will provide the best mobile solution to this need.”