EE, BBC & Huawei in 4G broadcast collaboration


All three will team up as part of trial to broadcast Commonwealth Games directly to mobile devices.

The commonwealth games will be broadcast over 4G after the BBC agreed to a partnership with EE aimed at making buffering a thing of the past.

Using technology within 4G to broadcast rather than stream footage to mobile devices, the collaboration, which also involves Huawei and Qualcomm, will provide a higher quality of footage, they claim.

Live content would be broadcast using the MPEG-DASH format and sent over an IP link to a Huawei server.  It is then sent sent onto base stations and finally picked up by a device, such as a mobile phone or a tablet. The content will be broadcast on 2.6Ghz spectrum but will not be seen by members of the public, except those at a showcase in Glasgow.

“Broadcasting popular content to mobile devices offers the possibility of delivering content in a consistent quality without the buffering and resultant freezing that can affect conventional streaming over mobile networks at times of congestion”, said Andrew Murphy from the BBC’s research and development department.