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Eutelsat & Broadpeak Provide Adaptive Streaming over Satellites
Eutelsat and Broadpeak have jointly developed a way for content providers to offer a satellite-based way for to deliver video delivery to multi-screen connected devices. They called it a game changer that goes beyond traditional terrestrial networks for delivering videos because it delivers adaptive streaming by satellite. The new Eutelsat service, called SmartBeam, enables broadcasters and pays TV operators to delivery videos over a network that is dedicated to devices such as smartphones and tablets. Eutelsat’s SmartBeam is based on Broadpeak’s nanoCDN technology, which reduces bandwidth requirements to a few megabits per second and yet deliver high-quality OTT services simultaneously to millions of devices. Using SmartBeam means content providers and can provide an OTT multiscreen environment that offers a high quality viewing without making a significant investment in infrastructure.
Eutelsat’s chief development and innovation officer Jacques Dutronc said, “SmartBeam redefines how satellites can extend access to live and on-demand content on mobile devices, enabling an exceptional quality of experience for OTT customers located beyond range of terrestrial networks. In combining our skills with Broadpeak we are ready to support TV broadcasters as they evolve into a multi-platform environment, starting with Tricolor TV, Russia’s leading pay TV operator, that has selected SmartBeam for the first satellite network in Russia to deliver video content to mobile devices.”
Pro Football Stadium Upgraded to Readiness for Augmented Reality
The latest Wi-Fi upgrade at the New England Patriots stadium is capable of providing an augmented reality (AR) experience according to Patriot’s president Jonathan Kraft who said that augmented reality would soon be a “big part of the in-game experience.” The Patriots hired Extreme Networks as its “Official Wi-Fi and Analytics Provider” to launch what it said is the industry’s first advanced flow-based 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless technology.
It installed 30 miles of additional cabling at the stadium and trebled the number of Wi-Fi hotspots to 1,000, which made the system capable of 10 Gbps. Kraft said, “You can look through the phone or glasses and see the 22 players on the field and above them a little cloud seeing who that player is and letting you know anything pertinent you want to about them.”
Patriots VP of content Fred Kirsch said, “We recognize that in-stadium, high-density Wi-Fi connectivity is the next frontier for the NFL and we’re proud to partner with Extreme to deploy such an advanced solution. Looking ahead, we’re confident that we’re prepared to meet our fans’ increasing connectivity demands. Whether it’s wearables, augmented reality or accessing next-gen player stats, we’ll be ready with the best available technology to support our fans.”
Ericsson: 550m 5G Subscriptions by 2022
Ericsson’s newest Mobility Report makes these predictions:
- 5G subscriptions will reach 550 million – over half a billion – by 2022 and 90% of them will be for broadband. North Americans will account for a quarter of all 5G subscriptions in 2022.
- By 2022, the number of smartphone subscriptions will be 6.8 billion, up from 3.9 billion at the end of this year.
- Mobile video traffic will grow about 50% annually through 2022 to account for nearly 75% of all mobile data traffic. It’ll be followed by social networking, which it expects to grow by 39% annually over the coming six years. It said consumers are increasingly using live video streaming apps to interact with friends, family and followers with about one in five smartphone users in the US showing an interest in live video broadcasting.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson’s chief strategy and technology officer, Ericsson, said, “Standardized 5G networks are expected to be available in 2020. We are already seeing a great interest among operators in launching pre-standard 5G networks. 5G will accelerate the digital transformation in many industries, enabling new use cases in areas such as IoT, automation, transport and big data.”
China Mobile Hong Kong & Huawei Reach 1 Gbps over 4.5G Network
China Mobile Hong Kong (CMHK) and Huawei have reached 1 Gbps peak download speed on two tests of 4.5G network technology, a prelude to the commercial launch of 5G in 2020. They said the 1 Gbps is seven to nine times faster than current 4G LTE networks whose download speeds are between 112 and 150Mbps. They said subscribers could download 50GB of 2K definition video within 6.7 minutes on a 4.5G network, compared to about an hour on current 4G LTE networks. CMHK said it plans to upgrade 90& of its base stations by the Q2 of next year, which will enable it to deploy advanced 4.5G technology such as Massive MIMO. Over half of the base stations in Hong Kong have already been upgraded to peak data rates of 1Gbps and it aims to upgrade 90% pf them in 2017.
Sean Lee, director and chief executive of CMHK, said, “With the growing demand for high-quality mobile network service, we have been actively developing our 4.5G network. We are now one step closer to the 5G era.”
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