Telstra today confirmed that its trial of LTE Broadcast technology was completed successfully last Friday night, during a T20 cricket match at the MCG.
LTE Broadcast, or LTE-B, technology is a multicast broadcast technology design to deliver data to devices, like high-quality video using a single of data — rather than all the connected devices requesting separate streams of the same content, as is the case today.
The trial consisted of three different live video streams, accessed by multiple users simultaneously during the cricket match. Telstra estimate that the entire broadcast utilised 6GB of bandwidth for the three live streams total, rather than 2GB of bandwidth per channel for each connected user.
“With demand for mobile data continuing to grow and our networks sometimes struggling to maintain a high level of service when a large number of people are gathered in one spot,” explains Telstra’s Executive Director of Networks Mike Wright on the company’s exchange blog.
“[LTE-B] will free up the network to deal with general use and allow us to continue to deliver the service our customers expect from us.”
Ahead of the game
Telstra’s trial is being noted as one of the largest successful tests of the LTE-B technology to date, but it is not the only telco conducting tests. Verizon in the US has also completed trials, but on a smaller scale.
A mobile network operator in South Korean is first to offer an LTE-B service to its customers though, with KT the streaming service launching for its customers who use a Samsung Galaxy Note 3.