eMBMS interest in LTE Broadcast technology has grown steadily – with investment into the technology by two new operators. The period also saw the launch of a nationwide eMBMS service by Telstra in Australia.
Interest continues in using LTE Broadcast for terrestrial and mobile TV content delivery as demonstrated by Elisa, Yle and MTV in Finland, and German companies IRT and Bayerischer Rundfunk – all recently engaged in trials.
There has been growing interest, in eMBMS for Mission-Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) uses. ENENSYS, Expway, Bittium and ETSI were all demonstrating or trialling the technology.
There was also a demonstration of the technology’s applications for connected cars, showing that the potential applications for LTE-B continue to grow with the technology.
The chipset ecosystem has evolved to the point where device manufacturers have a choice of chipsets offering support. There remains a steady number of LTE-Broadcast-capable chipsets and modules being released, and slowly, the device’s ecosystem is expanding too. Notable releases in recent months have been Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 mobile platform and the JioPhone 2.
As of January 2019:
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