Two weeks ago, two major sport events took place in Australia and in the United States. On January 31st, 2014, the Australian cricket team faced England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground stadium. Telstra, Australia’s leading provider of mobile phones and broadband internet, conducted the first test of Long Term Evolution Broadcast (LTE-B) technology by streaming the match to selected participants, who where given LTE-B-enabled smartphones from Samsung.
Three days later, the Denver Broncos were clashing against the Seattle Seahawks in the Superbowl at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey. Verizon Wireless used this as an opportunity to test their LTE-B technology (they call it “LTE Multicast”) by streaming the game to an invited audience at a Verizon event in New York.
So what’s all this fuzz about LTE-B? Simply put, it’s one of the key technologies that could dramatically reduce congestion on LTE networks.
“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,” said Mike Wright, Telstra’s Executive Director of Networks