Nokia Networks is partnering with a range of firms, including Bavarian broadcast company, Bayerischer Rundfunk in Northern Munich to conduct a field trial on wide area TV broadcasting over a single LTE frequency within the UHF spectrum.
The trial which began transmissions in early July this year in Munich, Germany, uses evolved Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service (eMBMS) software running in Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Stations. Nokia added that in a Single Frequency Network (SFN), all base stations use exactly the same frequency to transmit TV content, which maximizes the number of simultaneous TV channels broadcast over a large geographical area in a given amount of spectrum.
Nokia said that the trial aims to show that the LTE technology could be used to complement and in the long run, even provide another option to regional digital TV distribution standards, such as DVB-T in Europe.
The LTE broadcast technology enables mobile subscribers with eMBMS capable devices to watch TV on their devices without connecting the data network, allowing them to watch free-to-air or pay-TV service.