Sports fans rejoice! SK Telecom and Samsung develop ‘True Real Time Mobile Streaming Technology’

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If you follow any form of professional sports, and have ever tried to catch the game on-the-move, then you’ve probably been frustrated at being around 15 seconds behind TV viewers. For this reason, despite more widespread and faster mobile data than ever, a lot of sports fans will stick to live radio for their fix of updates.

The two companies will promote research and further development to increase performance and stability even more than their record-breaking achievement.

This could be about to change as SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics complete work on their real-time mobile streaming technology using a commercial LTE network. The new innovation, True Real Time Mobile Streaming Technology, uses the MPEG Media Transport (MMT) standard to reduce latency.

SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics have reduced latency by 80% allowing viewers to be just three seconds behind the live action. This is becoming more important as more customers make use of ‘second screen’ apps or social networks which – with the previous 15 second delay – could ruin the experience rather than enhance it.

Moving forward, the two companies will promote research and further development to increase performance and stability even more than their record-breaking achievement. SK Telecom has said that the service will be commercially available in 2015 through mobile IPTV service ‘B TV mobile’ who provides SD/HD/UHD channels on-the-move.

SK Telecom was awarded the “Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network” last month at the LTE Asia 2014 event. It was awarded for the operator’s aggressive development and achievements in LTE-Advanced which, last year, launched as the world’s first 225Mbps network.

Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center at SK Telecom, said at the time: “SK Telecom is committed to introducing even more advanced network technologies that can fortify and enhance our customers’ mobile experience.”

The operator was also praised for its work into 5G. In June, SK Telecom demonstrated a 3.8Gbps speed using FDD-TDD carrier aggregation which was achieved in partnership with Nokia, whilst in July, the operator debuted the world’s fastest LTE network speed in the 15GHz bandwidth in partnership with Ericsson.

What do you think about this new real-time streaming technology? Let us know in the comments.

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