China Unicom has commercially launched a Gigabit LTE network, upgraded by Ericsson, which also sports LTE broadcast technology.
Ericsson, as China Unicom’s strategic partner, is the exclusive provider of the LTE broadcast solution, which is China’s first LTE broadcast commercial deployment.
Ericsson’s LTE broadcast solution for video delivery in mobile networks combines three new standards: eMBMS, HEVC (H.265) and MPEG DASH. Ericsson said the technology will address growing consumer demand for media services.
To accelerate the development of China Unicom’s video strategy, Ericsson supported China Unicom with eMBMS in the high-speed train scenario so that passengers could enjoy high-definition video without buffering on the network.
Recently, Ericsson supported China Unicom in setting up a 1-Gbps network in Guangdong, Hainan, Shandong, and Beijing with peak speeds of up to 979 Mbps. There are other ongoing 1-Gbps trials in Sichuan, Hubei, Shanxi, Jilin and Jiangsu province.