Australian multi-service operator Telstra has confirmed that it is working with Ericsson to roll out LTE-Broadcast (LTE-B) across the country. In a press release outlining its plans, the operator noted that it expects to introduce a commercial LTE-B offering this year, with it to be enabled as part of existing Telstra Media services. The telco is also aiming to launch a 24/7 linear streaming channel using the technology, though this will reportedly only be available on select Samsung devices.
With Telstra working with Ericsson to make certain that its infrastructure is ready for launch, the former’s Group Managing Director Networks, Mike Wright, was cited as saying: ‘99% of Telstra’s 4GX[-branded] sites are already LTE-B capable, with the intention to have nationwide enablement and coverage for LTE-B by 2018. Telstra’s LTE-B product roadmap will include [24/7] linear streaming, live sports coverage beyond stadiums, pre-loading of popular content, news clips and games highlights. We plan on enabling LTE-B across many devices, and are excited to deliver an enhanced mobile experience to our customers.’
Meanwhile, in order to ensure a consistent experience and efficient cost model across its network, Telstra has said it is also investing in Session Continuity and Dynamic Switching (also known as Multicast Operation on Demand, or MooD) capability; it is working towards introducing this in its infrastructure by November 2017.