Telstra tests first live LTE-Broadcast network in Australia

Gigaom

Australia’s Telstra just became a video broadcaster — for a short spell at least. The carrier confirmed on Monday that it conducted tests of a new technique called LTE-Broadcast over its commercial 4G network, multicasting several sports events and even a file download to several mobile devices over the same wireless transmission.

The feat, which Telstra said is an industry first over a live LTE system, is a good sign that the technology will start appearing in networks in the coming year as carriers and telecom equipment makers had planned. Verizon Wireless(s vz)(s vod) will likely be the first operator to kick off the new technology, having promised to multicast video content from next year’s Super Bowl over its networks. AT&T(s t) plans to launch LTE-Broadcast systems as well, likely in the next three years.

While the mobile industry has tried to promote content broadcast networks in the past, they’ve…

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