Australia’s Telstra confirmed on Monday that it conducted tests of LTE-Broadcast over its commercial 4G network, multicasting several sports events and even a file download to several mobile devices over the same wireless transmission, reports GigaOm.
With 3.2 million devices connected to its 4G network, Telstra says it is seeing an uptake of up to 23% each month.
Verizon Wireless will likely be the first operator to kick off the new technology, having promised to multicast video content from next year’s Super Bowl. AT&T plans their own LTE-Broadcast system, likely in the next three years. AT&T acquired the unpaired licenses from Qualcomm in December 2011, for $1.93 billion.
AT&T’s 6 MHz of Lower 700 MHz “D block” spectrum covers more than 230 million people across the U.S., while AT&T’s 6 MHz “E-Block” portion covers an attractive demographic; more than 70 million people in five of the top 15 U.S. metropolitan areas — New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Dish owns the rest of the 6 MHz “E Block”.
Dish has tested a number of mobile TV services in the E Block, which covers much of the United States, but has not deployed any (yet).
Some local broadcast stations have endorsed Dyle, which will deliver mobile television over current broadcast television channels, using the ATSC-M/H standard in the United States sent as an auxiliary data stream on the main broadcast channel. Like the defunct Qualcomm MediaFLO, mobile TV received from local broadcasters requires a special phone with a tv tuner. Resolution is low and range is limited.
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