Australia’s Telstra has announced that it will conduct what it claims is ‘the world’s first stadium trial of Long Term Evolution Broadcast (LTE-B) technology’. Outlining its plan to demonstrate the technology during a T20 International cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the operator noted that LTE-B will allow content to be broadcast to an unlimited number of users through a single stream of data, freeing up network capacity for general use when launched commercially. With the trial being conducted with Telstra’s network partner Ericsson, with content provided by Channel Nine with the approval of Cricket Australia and the Melbourne Cricket Club, three channels of dedicated content will be streamed to selected participants using specialised LTE-B enabled smartphones with specialised device firmware been provided by Samsung.
Mike Wright, Telstra’s Executive Director Networks, said the trial follows successful lab demonstrations, and noted: ‘LTE-B offers us the ability to deliver content more effectively and provide all users the same high quality service using one single stream of data. This streamlined process frees up the rest of the network to carry other data, voice and text messages… We will use the results from trials such as this to refine the network and work with manufacturers and content owners to develop devices and applications in preparation for a commercial launch.’