Tuesday, January 23, 2007

QUALCOMM and Huawei Partner on Mobile TV (MBMS)

Huawei Technologies and QUALCOMM completed the industry's first commercial MBMS (Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) mobile TV interoperability testing (IOT), a mobile TV solution based on 3GPP Release 6.

MBMS supports both multimedia broadcast and multicast services, which allows operators to either directly broadcast multimedia content to all subscribers or only to a specific group of subscribers respectively. MBMS also supports mobile multimedia applications.

The test was performed on Huawei's UMTS/HSPA network with handsets based on QUALCOMM's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM7200 chipset. During the test, MBMS technology was used to transmit TV programs at 256 Kbps, which played clearly and smoothly. Users were able to quickly switch channels by pressing navigation buttons on the handset, and MBMS allowed streaming to be suspended during an incoming voice call and automatically resumed streaming when the call ended.

The companies said their successful test demonstrates that MBMS is on-track for large-scale commercial deployments in 2007. To provide MBMS mobile TV services, network operators would need only a software upgrade to their existing UMTS/HSPA networks.



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