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Ericsson and MTS conduct Russia's first live trial of LTE Broadcast

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Ericsson, Qualcomm and Russia's MTS 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 totally new video experience, offering the highest quality broadcast video over LTE networks and enabling new video services, while helping service providers to optimize 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,

The capability and the flexibility enabled by LTE Broadcast is a powerful tool for operators wishing to leverage the impact and attraction of media content to provide new services and business opportunities in the digital mobile era. According to the latest Ericsson ConsumerLab report, 50 percent of Russian consumers watch TV and video on their smartphones, and 37 percent are ready to pay for HD-quality video.

LTE Broadcast is a single-frequency network (SFN) in broadcast mode that is part of the series of 3GPP LTE standards known as evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS). It extends existing LTE/Evolved Packet Core (EPC) systems with an efficient point-to-multipoint (PMP) distribution feature. Ericsson LTE Broadcast supports a range of use cases: live streaming of video for highdemand content such as live sports, breaking news, most popular media delivery, e.g.popular TV show, video, music and e-printing, top OTT contents, software updates and emergency broadcasting.

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