Wireless broadband standard could usurp DVB-H

Mobile broadcast technologies such as DVB-H, could be superseded by alternative wireless broadband technologies within five years, according to Motorola.
Noel Kirkaldy, director marketing wireless broadband, Motorola.
Noel Kirkaldy, director marketing wireless broadband, Motorola.

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Mobile broadcast technologies such as DVB-H, could be superseded by alternative wireless broadband technologies within five years, according to Motorola.

DVB-H networks for mobile TV broadcasting are currently being implemented in at least three Middle East countries, however these could be replaced with IP-based video delivery on emerging wireless broadband standards.

“DVB-H and DVB-S have a role to play but we will see a shift away from these technologies and towards Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks,” says Noel Kirkaldy, wireless broadband marketing manager at Motorola.

“It all comes down to the economies of scale. There are only so many different networks that an operator wants to be running in parallel,” he commented.

“For the immediate future we are going to see DVB-H and other standards. The industry will use whatever technology it can get its hands on as long as it can deliver the quality of service that they require.”

At the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, Motorola demonstrated “nomadic” HD video transmission between its stand in the exhibition centre and a van travelling around the city. A speed of 8 MB/s was sufficient for the broadcast however various LTE trials have achieved speeds as high as 50 MB/s and download speeds of 200 MB/s.

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