IEEE Toronto Section


Terrestrial Broadcast vs. LTE-eMBMS: Competition and Cooperation

Monday November 16, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. Marco Breiling, IEEE BTS distinguished lecturer, will be presenting “Terrestrial Broadcast vs. LTE-eMBMS: Competition and Cooperation”.

Speaker: Marco Breiling
IEEE BTS Distinguished Lecturer
Chief Scientist of the Broadband & Broadcast (Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), Germany Erlangen)

Day & Time: Monday, November 16, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Room BA7180
Bahen Centre for Information Technology, University of Toronto
40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Communications Society

Contact: Eman Hammad,

Abstract: While the broadcast world is reinforcing its armoury by introducing new and highly advanced standards like DVB-T2/-NGH and ATSC 3.0, the pressure by the mobile communications business is ever increasing. As users consume more unicast content or switch over to satellite TV or IPTV, the user base for terrestrial TV is shrinking, whereas the data rates requested by the users in mobile communications networks explode.

Moreover, the mobile communications armoury now includes LTE-eMBMS as a broadcast mode, which can handle cases, where many users want to consume the same content. Consequently, the mobile network operators ask for a reallocation of the UHF broadcast bands to standards such as LTE (digital dividend II and more). If we assume that there is a future for broadcast over terrestrial transmission, this talk will shed some light about the question what technical (not commercial!) advantages conventional terrestrial broadcast standards like DVB have over eMBMS and vice versa. This leads to the question, whether the best aspects of both can be combined by having both networks cooperate. A final aspect discussed is the idea of distributing eMBMS content by satellite using, e.g., DVB-S2.

Biography: After conducting studies at the Universität Karlsruhe/Germany (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT), the Norges Tekniske Høgskole (NTH) in Trondheim/Norway, the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique (ESIEE) in Paris and the University of Southampton/England, Marco Breiling graduated with a Dipl.-Ing. degree from KIT in 1997. He earned his PhD degree (with highest honor) for a thesis about turbo codes from Universität Erlangen/Germany in 2002.

Since 2001, he has been working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Erlangen in the field of satellite and terrestrial communications. He currently holds the position of the broadband & broadcast department’s chief scientist.

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