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Hybrid cellular and broadcasting networks

Hybrid cellular and broadcasting networks

Gomez-Barquero, David, Unger, Peter, Nasr, Karim ORCID: 0000-0002-8604-6274, Poikonen, Jussi and Nybom, Kristian (2012) Hybrid cellular and broadcasting networks. Pervasive Mobile and Ambient Wireless Communications. Signals and Communication Technology . Springer, London, UK, pp. 547-576. ISBN 978-1447123149 ISSN 1860-4862 (doi:

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Mobile multimedia broadcasting (i.e., delivering mass multimedia services to portable devices as cell phones or PDAs) is a fast emerging area with potential economic and societal impact. Digital broadcasting networks especially designed for mobile services are currently under deployment, DVB-H being the most representative technology in Europe with commercial services in several countries. On the other hand, MBMS extensions to the existing cellular networks are currently under standardization. Unfortunately, neither the broadcasting nor cellular systems alone can provide a cost effective service provision under all possible scenarios. Obviously, broadcasting over large areas makes sense only in scenarios with a lot of users consuming the same content, whereas cellular systems can deal much better with service personalization, but the existing infrastructure and currently allocated spectrum is too limited to hope for a mass market deployment.

New systems based on interworking/integration of cellular and broadcasting networks are currently under investigation in an effort to provide affordable mass multimedia services. The goal of this approach is to join the advantages of both networks. The benefits shown in several publications are manifold, such as reducing the system cost, reducing the overall necessary data rate, improving the perceived area coverage (Sayadi et al. in Bell Labs Techn. J. 14(1):41–54, 2009), reducing the electromagnetic exposure, etc.

This chapter covers RRM aspects for 3G MBMS services, coverage and capacity optimization aspects of DVB-H networks, as well as and network planning issues of hybrid cellular 3G and broadcasting DVB-H systems. The chapter is concluded with a brief overview of the second generation digital terrestrial TV standard DVB—Second Generation Terrestrial (DVB-T2).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: orthogonal frequency division multiplex, forward error correction, radio resource management, DVB
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENG)
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 12:33

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