Telstra world first LTE-B trial at MCG tonight

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During tonight's T20 International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Telstra will have "select participants" in the crowd trialling LTE Broadcast technology.

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Telstra is partnering with Channel Nine and the Melbourne Cricket Club to test LTE Broadcast (LTE-B) technology during tonight's T20 match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. After earlier trials in October last year, this latest stadium trial will see a number of participants using LTE-B enabled tablets and smartphones to watch broadcast feeds over LTE-B.

"When a large number of people gather in one place we often see a huge spike in the demand for data, which can stretch the capabilities of our network and affect our customers' experience," said Telstra's Mike Wright, Executive Director of Networks, in a statement. "This is particularly evident during sporting events with a lot of our customers looking to enhance the live event by accessing commentary or stats online."

"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 have successfully tested the technology in the lab, and tonight's trial will give us valuable insights into how it performs in the real world from both a user and technical perspective."

Samsung is providing the LTE-B enabled smartphones for the trial, running special firmware, so you won't be able to just magically switch on and join in the fun if you're there.

Telstra has had many LTE extension projects in its roadmap since early 2013, with LTE-Advanced and HetNet technologies also in the works.



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Tiger time posted a comment   
Australia

We don't need fibre to home. It costs way too much unless we are all happy to pay another 20% in tax.
Wireless technology is the way to go. South Korea is trialling 5G with incredible speeds. The infrastructure for that would be far cheaper. It's the way of the future.
The towers then should be upgradable to 6G, 7G etc. Digging everywhere to put fibre optic cable is so 20th century.

 

hallo436 posted a reply   

Nope, physical lines are a must because wireless technology not only doesn't provide enough bandwidth for large data transfers, it also cannot sustain those speeds when you need it. Which means home consumption of high definition visual/audio content will be impossible and Aussies will be stuck in the '20th century'.

Online gaming, will also be sentenced to casual play because latency or signals are at the mercy of weather.

 

pm4r5h posted a reply   
Australia

While it was recently reported that South Korea are trialling 5G, what isnt reported is that they installed FTTN (ie the liberals NBN policy) only to replace it with FTTP (ie the labor NBN policy). Wireless technology will only ever have the capacity to supplement fixed line broadband services. What do you think links all of the wireless base stations? Thats right, fibre. And it is a lot cheaper to upgrade fibre hardware to 100Mb, 1Gb to future 1Tb speeds (all acheivable NOW by the way) than it would be to upgrade to yet undeveloped 6/7/8G wireless.

 

RyanN1 posted a comment   

Want great 4G/LTE speeds at sporting events..? Use Optus. I am often the only person amongst my friends who can upload/download at 40mbps at high volume events. Telstra once again pushed a product without setting up the appropriate infrastructure based on future predicted users.

 

BeauW1 posted a comment   

Its crazy how advanced telstra is with wireless networks such as LTE, but they lack the basic wired networks such as broadband. Broadband is rated 4mbps or over. I have ADSL2 at 1mbps, I dont have broadband :( (neither does most of australia, yet we think we have broadband but we dont)

 

TristramW posted a comment   
Australia

WE still need Fibre To The Premise Though And Not Fibre To The Node, and none of us want bloddy copper.

 

BeauW1 posted a reply   

That would be a dream come true, but its not worth getting your hopes up for... :/

 

Im Batman posted a comment   
Australia

Interesting, its got some real benefits by the sounds of things, with the way the technology handles simulateous requests for the same data... ideal for a live stream/cast of an event.

What frequency is this test running on, 2100MHz like the previous tests?
Imagine if it was the old TV spectrum (700 MHz) they were using... ironic that its still being used to broadcast tv!!




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