Telemach to upgrade mobile network

United Group-owned Slovenian cable operator Telemach has announced plans to upgrade the mobile network of mobile service provider Tušmobil following its acquisition of the company. Telemach plans to complete the upgrade of the network by the end of August, extending 3G coverage to 99% of the country, with plans to extend LTE coverage to 75% […]

Tele Columbus teams up with Drillisch for quad-play

German cable operator Tele Columbus has teamed up with network-independent mobile service provider Drillisch to add mobile to its service portfolio. Tele Columbus will use the strategic agreement with Drillisch to provide mobile data and voice via the Telefónica O2 network, with services set to launch in the second half of this year. Tele Columbus […]

LTE broadcast ‘the future of linear TV’, says MVA

LTE broadcast represents “the future of live and linear TV” according to Mobile Video Alliance (MVA) member and senior manager of network strategy at UK mobile operator EE, Matt Stagg.  Speaking at the DTG Summit 2015: Driving Global CollaborVation in London yesterday, Stagg argued that: “LTE broadcast, put simply, is bringing the efficiencies of DTT […]

TDF and Rai begin LTE-A+ trials

French transmission services provider TDF and Italia public broadcaster Rai this week began trial LTE-A+ mobile TV broadcasts in Paris and Aosta.  The trial is based on a ‘Tower Overlay’ concept developed by the Technische Universität Braunschweig in 2013. US outfit GatesAir is a partner in the project, which is also supported by Expway and […]

Ericsson trials LTE broadcast with Polkomtel in Poland

Ericsson and Polish telco Polkomtel have carried out what they claim to be the first test of LTE broadcast technology in Poland.  The trial, which took place on August 30, saw the firms stream the opening game of the 2014 World Volleyball Championship between Poland and Serbia to 300 guests and journalists at Warsaw’s National […]

Study throws doubt on LTE Broadcast as DTT replacement technology

The economics of the use of LTE technology for the large-scale distribution of TV services and as a possible replacement for current digital-terrestrial delivery are not clear and require further study, despite claims by the mobile industry that costs could be reduced by an efficient combination of unicast and eMBMS multicast technology. This at least […]

World’s first wide-scale 700MHz LTE Broadcast trial launched in Munich

Nokia Networks has announced what it says will be the world’s first field trial of wide-area LTE Broadcast technology, using a single LTE frequency within the UHF spectrum in Munich, Germany. According to the Espoo, Finland-based technology provider, the single frequency network (SFN)-based trial will see all base stations use exactly the same frequency to […]

Digital dividend delays main obstacle to 4G in Europe, says report

Delays in assigning the so-called ‘digital dividend’ spectrum at 800MHz are the main obstacle to 4G mobile development in the European Union, according to the EU’s latest report on telecommunications markets.  According to the report, only 21 of the EU’s 28 country’s have completed allocation of the digital dividend, with only Denmark, Germany, Latvia and […]

KPN in first Dutch trial of LTE broadcast

Dutch telco KPN has carried out a trial of LTE broadcast technology using Ericsson’s platform. KPN carried out the first live trial of the technology in the Netherlands in collaboration with Amsterdam Arena, Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies, Samsung and IBM. The trial took place on Saturday in the stadium during a football game between Ajax and […]

Cyfrowy Polsat launches LTE promotional offer

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has introduced a promotional offer allowing subscribers to test its high-speed LTE mobile broadband offering for a PLN9 (EUR2.14) activation fee. Users will be given a seven-day trial. The offer is open to all Cyfrowy Polsat customers. Those who sign up for the operator’s SmartDOM package and mobile telephony […]