French broadcast services company TDF and Italian channel Rai have launched the first field trials of LTE-A+ broadcast from high-power television stations in Paris, France, and Aosta, Italy, reportsTelecompaper.com on April 14, 2015. The joint project, based on the original “Tower Overlay” idea developed and implemented by Technische Universitat Braunschweig (Germany) in 2013 involves contributions by US company GatesAir and is supported by Germany’s IRT and France’s Expway.
Higher speed cellular networks leads to a jump in video consumptionSPRINGFIELD, VA. ― It’s probably no surprise that Americans are increasingly watching video on their cell phones and tablets. Just how much mobile video consumption happens is starting to become interesting, and it is the subject of a study by Citrix.
Summary: All three of the main operators in Estonia are planning to rollout the higher speed variant of 4G before the end of year, making it one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to LTE-A.
Users of flagship smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone 5s and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 are continuing to suck down more data than their tablet-wielding counterparts, according to a large-scale survey of mobile data consumption in 2013 conducted by JDSU (which last year bought mobile data analytics company Arieso, the company that previously ran the annual survey).
Infrastructure vendor Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) used the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, last month to tout some of the company’s bold predictions, including its forecast that 90 percent of network traffic will be video. The company also said that by 2018 there will be 6.5 billion mobile broadband subscribers, up from 500 million at the end of 2012.
A top executive at Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) confirmed the operator is working to deploy LTE Broadcast next year, though the business case is still being worked out.
“2014 is a definite” for the launch of LTE Broadcast service, Rich DeSantis, executive director of advanced solutions for Verizon Wireless, told FierceBroadbandWireless.
Carriers have built plenty of 4G networks, but they’re still not in agreement in how they use them. Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg believes the next few years are going to be a period of pricing and service experimentation.