Bittium and Air-Lynx launch world’s first public safety LTE evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Solution (eMBMS) solution

Bittium and Air-Lynx launch world’s first public safety LTE evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Solution (eMBMS) at the Critical Communications World exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The eMBMS solution enables efficient use of LTE radio spectrum, delivering huge amounts of data even in a congested network environment. This is particularly important in public safety, security and other mission-critical communications, which require fast data speeds, low latencies and reliable connections.

“We have seen that eMBMS will be mandatory requirement in several public safety LTE networks which are now emerging in several countries. We are pleased to introduce this mission-critical feature in Bittium Tough Mobile and demonstrate it together with our long-time partner Air-Lynx. A unique feature of the Bittium and Air-Lynx solution is that it uses RTP protocol. This protocol has been selected by 3GPP as the standard for public safety eMBMS in the upcoming release-13 of LTE”, says Tero Savolainen, Director Special Devices at Bittium.

“Thanks to our successful partnership with Bittium, we are able to show real demonstration of eMBMS for the first time. Use of a multicast is essential for efficiency of LTE professional use. With this announcement Air-Lynx is positioned on the leading edge of LTE private networks solution suppliers”, says Didier RAFFENOUX, Air-Lynx C.E.O.

LTE technology enables use of broadband data for data intensive applications such as real-time video transmissions. However, these applications may quickly consume all available radio resources when there are multiple users in a single cell area, all transmitting and receiving at the same time. eMBMS enables multicasting the same content even to thousands of users at the same time, in a single transmission. The use cases for eMBMS in public safety LTE include real-time video streaming for situational awareness as well as mission-critical push-to-talk. It can also be used for non-critical applications such as file deliveries, software updates and any other uses where a big amount of similar data needs to be sent to multiple users.