Optus and Nokia test video streaming from mobile base station

Method could enable multi-camera views at concerts and sports matches

Optus and Nokia Networks are testing a wireless video distribution mechanism whereby video content is streamed directly from a mobile base station.

Typically, video content comes from the network core, but in the Optus-Nokia method the content sits in the base station. This results in faster delivery speed and enhanced management of network congestion, Optus said.

The method could allow users to watch a sports match or other major events from a variety of different angles in real-time from content streamed directly from a nearby camera acting as a base station, Optus said. For example, if a spectator wanted a different angle, or would like to switch between multiple views, he or she could do so directly from various cameras capturing the content around the site.

The mechanism relies on Liquid Applications, a product developed by Nokia that equips base stations with a server and other technology to provide intelligent processing and storage capabilities for content and applications.

The method reduces the amount of data that passes between the base station and the network or the Internet.

Video content will be delivered over the Optus 4G LTE-Advanced network.

“Our trial with Nokia Networks is designed to explore the next phase of content delivery for customers,” said SingTel Group CTO Tay Soo Meng.

“This process reduces latency and provides ultra-responsive delivery at the edge of the network.”

Telstra is preparing to launch LTE Broadcasting (LTE-B) technology as a means to more efficiently distribute video to mobile devices at stadiums and other large public venues.

Adam Bender covers telco and enterprise tech issues for Computerworld and is the author of dystopian sci-fi novels We, The Watched and Divided We Fall. Follow him on Twitter: @WatchAdam

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