Samsung and KT Launch World's First Commercial LTE Broadcast Service
Published on: 27th Jan 2014
South Korea based Korea Telecom (KT) has announced that it has launched the world's first commercial eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service).
eMBMS is a new LTE technology that enables multiple users to simultaneously and efficiently view HD quality video service. KT's service is based on Samsung network hardware, and works on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 tablet.
To access the service, Galaxy Note 3 users will be required to download a software upgrade.
LTE eMBMS can serve a large number of subscribers simultaneously without delays or disconnection, just like radio or DMB (Digital Media Broadcasting) services. It also offers significantly higher quality video than standard DMB, while mitigating congestion in the operator's network. This new technology can be particularly useful for densely populated areas such as sports stadiums or concert halls, where it can provide subscribers with access to multiple broadcast cameras at various angles without delays or disconnection.
In an effort to commercialize LTE eMBMS, Samsung and KT have worked together for a number of years to develop network equipment and device solutions. At initial stage, the two companies have showcased the LTE eMBMS technology service at Mobile World Congress in February 2013.
Samsung said that it plans to explore partnerships with global mobile operators to promote LTE eMBMS solutions including network equipment and devices.