Smart Communications Inc. recently conducted its first successful video multicast over LTE (Long-Term Evo-lution) connection in the Philippines, the first test of its kind Southeast Asia and the world’s first over a 2.1-gigahertz (GHz) frequency, according to Huawei Technologies.
“As the forerunner of LTE technology in the country, Smart is proud to hit a new milestone for the country and blaze the trail for eMBMS, which extends the capabilities of our robust LTE infrastructure,” said Roland Peña, Smart and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. Technology Group head.
He added that, “Among many things, this successful trial shows the readiness of our network to deliver the services of the future.”
The company said that when fully developed, the technology will allow people to watch clear, lag-free live video on their LTE-capable smart-phones and tablets.
LTE is currently the fastest com-mercially available fourth-generation wireless broadband coverage for mobile networks, which allows users to download data at speeds reaching up to 100 megabytes per second (Mbps).
Called the evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS), the emerging technology taps the functionality and speed of LTE to deliver rich multimedia content, such as live video, to a large number of consumers efficiently.
The content is transmitted wire-lessly by LTE-capable cell stations to mobile devices.
The eMBMS technology stands out for its one-to-many transmission or multicast feature and presents a viable alternative to one-to-one trans-mission, or unicast, which entails sending similar content to each user.
Besides live content, the eMBMS is also suitable for delivering pre-loadeded content like news, music, software, ads and other data to a mass audience.
For its pilot LTE multicast, Smart streamed pre-loaded videos on three channels from its base station in Quezon City to another base station in Makati City.
In August, Smart also successfully conducted the country’s first trial of LTE-Advanced, which can support data services with speeds of from 100 to 400 Mbps.
“Smart has consistently been forward-looking, and this successful initiative allows us to see a glimpse of the future now. The eMBMS technology opens up a wide array of possibilities to serve our consumers and our supercharged network allows us to realize these possibi-lities,” Peña said.