What if streaming video over 4G didn’t slow down or freeze during heavy traffic? During this year’s Commonwealth Games, the BBC (along with EE, Huawei and Qualcomm) tested a technology that might enable just that.
Broadcasting over 4G is a way to avoid the network overload that comes with sending individual data streams to each user. If an event is broadcast, high-quality video can be transmitted and picked up by anyone in the broadcast area. The obvious drawback is that broadcast video would not be available on demand, but for popular events a broadcast could definitely hold an advantage over individual data streams.
If broadcast over 4G catches on, it could be a huge boost to transportation entertainment. LTE-enabled cars/planes, or simply passengers’ personal devices, would suddenly have access to streaming video that is not bandwidth-intensive.