EE Trials UHD/4K Video Streaming over 4G Network

EE Trials UHD/4K Video Streaming over 4G Network Image Credit: EE

UK’s largest mobile operator EE trials HD and UHD/4K video streaming over its 4G network leveraging V-Nova's PERSEUS video compression solutions. The trial showcased UHD streaming at 6Mbit/s to enable high quality video streaming at a significantly reduced bitrate.

EE and V-Nova tested PERSEUS video compression technology by distributing UHD/4K video over EE’s 4G network in a densely populated area of central London, near Paddington station at rush hour. The 4K content – footage from EE’s ‘Wembley Cup’ series – was streamed to a 65” 4K screen at 50 FPS via the EE ‘Osprey’ 4G WiFi hotspot.

The same content was also delivered reliably in HD format to tablets and phones at bitrates ranging from 300 Kbit/s to 1.5 Mbit/s, both on the road and in a rural location in The New Forest, in the south of England.

A continuous high-quality viewer experience was maintained throughout the 90 mile journey, handing signal over between more than 40 sites, and at the very edge of the EE 4G network.

Matt Stagg, Head of Video Strategy at EE
As well as adding more bandwidth, we’re looking at intelligent, cost-effective ways of delivering video more efficiently, and more reliably in challenging environments such as densely populated urban areas and travelling at high speed in a car or on a train. 

Guido Meardi, V-Nova CEO and co-Founder
The trial of PERSEUS with EE delivers many advantages beyond bitrate reduction — including significantly increased processing speed, lower power consumption, increased robustness, and graceful, block-free degradation at ultra low bitrates. These elements are all necessary to ensure the seamless delivery of premium services to people on the move.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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