Telstra conducted a trial of Long Term Evolution Broadcast (LTE-B) technology during the T20 International cricket match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Lab trials were conducted last October.
The trial streamed three channels of dedicated content to selected participants using specialised LTE-B enabled smartphones with specialised device firmware been provided by Samsung. Network equipment was supplied by Ericsson.
“When a large number of people gather in one place we often see a huge spike in the demand for data, which can stretch the capabilities of our network and affect our customers’ experience. This is particularly evident during sporting events with a lot of our customers looking to enhance the live event by accessing commentary or stats online,” said Mike Wright, Telstra Executive Director Networks.