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GSA confirms more operators committed to LTE Broadcast/LTE Multicast

by david.nunes

GSA confirms more operators committed to LTE Broadcast/LTE Multicast

October 3, 2014: New research by GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirms a growing number of operators are studying and trialling eMBMS-enabled LTE Broadcast (also known as LTE Multicast. The second issue of its LTE Broadcast (LTE Multicast) market status report confirms that at least 19 mobile network operators in Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, UAE, UK and the USA, working with LTE systems providers and broadcast content owners, are deploying, trialling or studying LTE Broadcast technology.

LTE Broadcast is one of the key new features of 3GPP LTE Release 9 specifications known as evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS), which supports all specified bandwidths and formats of LTE, including FDD and TDD modes and LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation. 

Alan Hadden, President of the GSA, said: GSA expects eMBMS support will be embedded in all smartphones in the coming years, and in any device containing LTE chipsets and modems such as connected cars, digital signage/billboards, etc.

Owing to the popularity of smartphones and tablets, mobile data traffic on networks is rapidly growing, driven mainly by video. In 2013 video accounted for about 40% of mobile data traffic, and various forecasts suggest a rise to 66-70% by 2017. By using LTE Broadcast enabled by evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) technology, operators can manage network assets more efficiently by multicasting popular content sought by multiple subscribers, e.g. live TV broadcasts, or tailored content for sporting events in stadiums or other venues. Operators can utilise off-peak capacity to deliver new service offerings, which could include rich media caching, or managed software updates including applications updates.

The first LTE Broadcast service was commercially launched by KT in South Korea.in January 2014.

The LTE Broadcast (LTE Multicast) market status report (October 3, 2014) provides an overview of the technology with use cases, confirms the availability of eMBMS-enabled smartphone devices, references LTE Broadcast activities by network operators globally, and includes links for further reading and discussion. The report is published by GSA and is a free download for registered site users. Sign in to http://www.gsacom.com and follow the link. Registration page for new users http://www.gsacom.com/user/register

Visit the LTE Broadcast zone for information papers and presentations from leading suppliers, network operators and content owners http://www.gsacom.com/lte-broadcast

LTE-Broadcast LinkedIn discussion group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=7435919

GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) represents GSM/EDGE, WCDMA-HSPA and LTE suppliers, providing reports, facts, analysis and information explaining market developments and trends. Through its website www.gsacom.com GSA provides a single point of reference for information on the current status of mobile broadband (HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE/LTE-Advanced) networks and devices, and supports a global community which includes 65,000 registered site users and over 21,500 contributors and followers on our social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Around 250,000 reports, information papers and other materials are downloaded from the GSA website annually. Register for free downloads of reports, information papers, maps, charts, etc. at http://www.gsacom.com/php/register_form.php4

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GSA LinkedIN Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2313721

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