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Vodafone Germany in Europe’s first LTE Broadcast trial

The BBC is trialling multicast technology

Vodafone Germany has carried out the first live trial of LTE Broadcast in Europe, Ericsson announced on Tuesday. The trial, which also involved Qualcomm and Samsung, took place at the stadium of German football team Borussia Mönchengladbach during a match played on Saturday.

Ericsson said that the technology could soon be available in other German sports stadia as part of Vodafone Germany’s network modernisation programme.

“There is growing demand for high quality video content on mobile devices and LTE Broadcast gives our customers a brand new mobile media experience,” said Eric Kuisch, CTO Vodafone Germany. “This technology enables multiple broadcast sessions to be viewed simultaneously, so our customers will be able to watch Sky’s Premiere League Summary or exclusive video content from the stadium they’re in.”

The 10th annual LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, is taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Click here to download a brochure for the event.

“This first test in Europe is an important milestone for the European mobile telecommunications sector,” said Ericsson’s Thomas Norén, head of Product Area Radio. “LTE Broadcast will soon be delivering unlimited TV or video content to people in device dense places such as stadiums, public viewing areas or shopping centres.

Ericsson and Australian operator Telstra were recognised for their work on LTE Broadcast at the inaugural Telecoms.com Awards, held in Barcelona on Monday evening. The project was on of two winners in the Pushing the Limits, Mobile category.

 

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