Telstra tests LTE Broadcast tech for more efficient data delivery

Approach is similar to how TV stations deliver video

Telstra has completed a trial of 4G LTE Broadcast technology, becoming the first telco in the world to do so.

LTE Broadcast, or LTE-B, would allow the telco to broadcast one video stream to multiple people at the same time. That approach, which is similar to how TV stations send traditional broadcast video, would be more efficient than the current method in which video is streamed separately to each customer.

Telstra and network partner Ericsson are still evaluating the technology and testing what services might best be provided over LTE-B, according to Telstra's acting director of wireless network engineering, Channa Seneviratne.

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“One of the biggest challenges to mobile network operators across the world is how to manage the ever-growing demand for data,” he wrote on the Telstra blog.

LTE-B can reduce the load on the network for content that many people want at the same time, include a copy of the newspaper, a new OS upgrade or a live feed of a sports contest, he said.

“Traditionally if 100 people in a mobile network cell area wanted this content, we would send out 100 different streams of data – which uses a lot of network capacity,” he said.

“Through our LTE-Broadcast trial, we have today demonstrated that it’s possible to use one stream of data, to deliver the same content to multiple users – keeping the rest of the network free for other customers.”

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3 Comments

telstracustomer

1

“One of the biggest challenges to mobile network operators across the world is how to manage the ever-growing demand for data,”

So Telstra just gives us a lot less of it, go figure.

Justin

2

Could not agree more Telstracustomer. When will we get 100gb mobile plans? or is that a fantasy and can't be done at this point/never? Telstras plans are expensive with paltry data allowance.

rippedoff

3

i agree too, they make record profits. Telstra was created through people tax dollar and the government privatised it = stole it from the people to line their own pockets. Now ADSL,NBN fibre and fixed wireless all have great deals but telstra still charges us extraordinary amounts for 3G/4G data for bugger all GB. The rest of the world is super cheap and a lot of places are free. I know its to do with population versus amount of land to cover but seriously they are making huge profits and a lot of that is not going to Australia at all! 100GB for $100 and im a happy man, is that too much to ask. How about making adsl customers pay a little more to offset mobile/usb modem data costs!
Yes then they cry congestion, well how about giving us more towers if we are going to use that much data = win win!

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