Huawei to trial 4G broadcast in Scotland

Huawei to trial 4G broadcast in Scotland

Dylan Bushell-Embling

Huawei has announced plans to conduct trials of 4G broadcasting in Glasgow, Scotland.

The vendor is collaborating with UK operator EE, the BBC and Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies to explore the role 4G can play in the future of broadcasting.

The companies plan to display trial 4G broadcast technology at the BBC R&D Future of Broadcasting Showcase at the Glasgow Science Centre from July 24 to August 3.

During the trial, live BBC content will be streamed using LTE eMBMS (evolved multimedia broadcast and multicast service) technology.

Huawei will provide the network equipment, the content will be broadcast over the EE network and Qualcomm will supply its Snapdragon processors with broadcast middleware and a broadcast SDK.

To ensure the trial is accurate to real-world conditions, the network will be heavily loaded to represent real-world scenarios for popular live media streaming.

According to Qualcomm Technologies vice president of product management Raj Talluri, 4G Broadcast is “designed to not only deliver high quality live video content under challenging network conditions, but also enhance the fan experience by providing an interactive view of the live action.”

Huawei president of western European region Kevin Tao added that 3G is “designed with the potential to be a far more efficient way of delivering live content for broadcasters which will make the act of watching live TV much smoother with no interruptions.”