LTE Broadcast – eMBMS – Snapshot July 2019
- In February 2019 Telstra said it was expanding its eMBMS-based sports streaming, and published usage and performance statistics for the service to date
- In May 2019, Samsung announced it would be expanding KT’s public safety LTE network; the deployment will include eMBMS capability
- In June 2019 BT and Expway provided a demonstration of ‘converged, autonomous MOOD in fixed/mobile networks’, for dynamic delivery of content using multicast/broadcast and unicast based on audience size
- Also in June, it was announced that Italian broadcaster RAI had successfully live tested mobile TV broadcast using a prototype version of Rel-14 eMBMS combined with proprietary Bx-WiFi technology from Global Invacom
- Austrian broadcaster ORF plans a trial of 5G broadcast in early 2020
- Notable recent chipset releases include Mediatek’s HelioP35, and various Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platforms – most recently, its Snapdragon 855+
- The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Note 9 phones support eMBMS.
As of July 2019:
- forty-one operators are known to have been investing in eMBMS (encompassing those considering, testing, trialling, deploying or piloting and those that have deployed or launched eMBMS)
- five operators state they have now deployed eMBMS or launched some sort of commercial service using eMBMS
- GSA has identified 69 chipsets supporting eMBMS, and there are at least 59 devices that support eMBMS (in some instances after operator-specific upgrades).
These slides contain extracts from the GSA report “LTE Broadcast (eMBMS) Market Update”published in July 2019 and available from https://gsacom.com. Data is drawn from the GSA GAMBoD NTS database, accessible to subscribers at https://gsacom.com/gambod/