Summary of studies considering LTE eMBMS & LTE-B for broadcasting



This report summarizes studies published over the last three years (2014 - 2016) on the possibility of delivering terrestrial television using LTE eMBMS instead of DTT.

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In particular the report addresses the suitability of LTE eMBMS for a large-scale distribution of linear television services and the claims that LTE eMBMS would allow more efficient use of the spectrum compared to DVB-T2, including the possibility to achieve ubiquitous coverage on a single frequency channel - a reuse factor 1.

The above mentioned studies were based on LTE eMBMS as specified in 3GPP Release 13. Some of the studies anticipated a downlink-only mode and a larger cyclic prefix, than that in Release 13, to allow for a large-scale SFN approach; these extensions to LTE eMBMS Release 13 are denoted by LTE-B in this report.


The following translations of this document are available. Please note the translations may not be based on the latest version; see the year mentioned in brackets. These translations are courtesy of the translaters and hosted by the EBU 'as is'. The official and definitive version is the EBU English version.

Russian version of EBU BPN 111 [2017] - Special thanks to EBU Member RTR.