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Lowering Mobile TV Infrastructure Costs
Equipment, Architectures, Options and Tradeoffs for lowest  


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And Tour:  O2/Arqiva/Nokia's Mobile TV Oxford Trial


London, UK

May 16-19, 2006


Hilton London Kensington
179-199 Holland Park Avenue
London, UK  W11 4UL
Phone: +44-207-605-7602
Fax:  +44-207-605-7677


Preliminary Agenda
Subject to Changes



Organized by the International Wireless Industry Consortium


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Moderated by:
Don Brown, Director, IWPC
Rene Douville, Technical Director, IWPC



Workshop Background:

There is a growing interest in deploying Mobile TV services. These services will likely be delivered cooperatively by broadcast providers and cellular service providers. They will require new infrastructure to be built and deployed. This infrastructure will include broadcast systems, rebroadcast systems and repeater networks as well as a fresh approach to providing the necessary backhaul services for distributing the content to the broadcast stations. What will be the role of Satellites?


Many questions still remain. For example, which standards will be adopted for which market sectors and over what time frames? Which frequency bands will they operate in and what will the relative merits be for doing so? How can the technology providers support these decisions?


Although this workshop will focus on hardware and technology solutions for the DVB-H standard and the use of UHF or L-Band, as well as the possible role of S-Band it will include open discussion on the alternatives. 

Workshop Goal:

The goal of this workshop is for:

  • Major cellular and broadcast service providers to provide an overview to the infrastructure equipment providers of their perspectives on the requirements, objectives and perceived challenges for deploying mobile TV services

  • Infrastructure equipment and technology providers to provide their solutions and recommendations to assist the cellular and broadcast service providers to implement optimum solutions for both near term and long term deployment.

  • For IWPC members and key players in the Mobile TV area to develop a consensus on solutions for low cost infrastructure with an emphasis on DVB-H.





Tuesday, May 16, 2006


7:00 PM

Social and Networking
Reception & Registration

At Hilton London Kensington


Wednesday, May 17, 2006


7:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration


8:00 AM

Opening Remarks


8:15 AM

Self Introductions

Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and share how they can contribute to this process

9:00 AM



O2 AND ARQIVA Keynotes

  • What do O2 and Arqiva see at the greatest challenges to deploying Mobile TV systems?

  • What do O2 and Arqiva see as the pros and cons of DVB-H over other access formats such as 3G, DMB-T, Mediaflo, MBMS/TDtv., etc? 

  • What are their expectations for forward compatibility with other possible emerging standards and air interfaces?

  • How does O2 see the interaction with their 3G networks?

  • What bands do O2 and Arqiva expect to be using and what is their preference? Why?

  • Views on the spectrum issues such as:

    • The ability of the technologies to build large spectrally efficient networks at UHF or L-Band. 

    • Which bands, how much spectrum, and what spectrum is available.

    • Maximization of spectrum efficiency. 

    • Implications of Doppler shift at higher frequency.

  • What is the business case for moving to mobile TV?

  • When do O2 and Arqiva see wholesale deployment of Mobile TV?

  • Will the networks be deployed as overlay networks, enhancements to existing basestations or shared networks with the broadcast community and the broadcast community infrastructure? Will new towers be required?

  • What are O2's views on who provides and manages the equipment and networks? Cellular Equipment OEMs? Broadcast equipment OEMs? Other?

  • How important is the ability to provide multiple transmission modes (2K, 4K, 8K) to address challenging environments like indoor reception and high speed mobility?

  • What options exist or are planned for provision of backhaul services to handle the capacity requirements foreseeable for a Mobile TV system? 

    • What spectrum will be used if terrestrial?  

    • Satellite vs. Terrestrial

    • Views on use of Broadcast Satellite vs. Telecommunications Satellites for backhaul.

  • What are the tradeoffs between OPEX and CAPEX for Mobile TV systems?

  • What are the key operating expense items?

    • Field operations

    • Installation

    • Maintenance

    • Repair

    • Servicing

    • Energy Consumption

    • Backhaul costs

    • Site fees

  • What will be the role if any of alternative access providers and broadcasters?

  • What are the Broadcast Network Operators' views on the availability of multicast terminals in a unicast centric supplier environment?

  • What do system and subsystem suppliers have to understand when presenting technological options for the Mobile TV networks?

  • Do the OBSAI and CPRI interface options play a role in Mobile TV systems and are there any other interfaces standards which should be considered?

  • Is there a need for integration and/or miniaturization of NTSC and IP elements?

  • What are the key functions in the head end broadcast transmitter? In the basestation rebroadcasters? 


Getting Mobile TV Right

Andy Motley

Head of Technology Strategy

O2 Plc


Implementing a Mobile Broadcast Network

Simon Mason

Head of New Product Development

Mobile Media Solutions


10:30 AM

Networking Break


11:00 AM


  • How do other Operators' views differ from those of O2 and Arqiva on the above topics?

  • What bands do other operators expect to be using and what is their preference? Why?

  • What are their views regarding the different standards and what is the likelihood of accepting a common standard to maximize the volumes of receivers of the same kind?

  • What do they see as the real challenges for the suppliers and what would they like to see in performance, cost, availability, etc.?


Mobile TV Infrastructure Alternatives - Pros and Cons

Mehdi Kerdoudi

Radio Access Technologies Specialist

Orange Group, Corporate


Live TV in your pocket- as seen from Spain

Alex Mestre

Strategic Marketing Manager

Abertis Telecom


12:00 PM

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM


  • What are the relative merits of Satellite vs. Terrestrial wireless distribution solutions?

  • Satellite Systems

    • How can the cost of the TV receivers be kept for the typical volumes for the expected number of sites?

    • What are the relative merits of broadcast satellites versus telecommunications satellites for this application?

    • Antenna size requirements

    • Will ordinary DTH terminals suffice and if not, what changes will be needed?

  • Terrestrial Wireless Systems

    • What wireless options can be considered? Millimeterwave, WiMAX networks, broadcast bands, others, etc.

    • What are the demands placed on the repeaters, broadcast or rebroadcast sites?

    •  How are SFNs managed over a telecommunications network?

  • What are the economics of the distribution solutions?

  • If there is a need for local content, then how is it distributed?


Benefits of DVB-H in the S-Band for unlimited mobile TV

Philippe Lainé

Technology Strategy Director

Alcatel Mobile Broadcast


Mobile TV - A Satellite Operator's Perspective

Dr. Alexander Geurtz

Vice President, Service Development

Corporate Development Department

SES Global


2:00 PM



Operators and alternative access vendors will be given the opportunity to clarify their needs, requirements and views and will engage in a panel session where the audience is invited to ask questions and they will be given the opportunity to ask each other and the audience questions.


Key Issues to be Discussed

  • Alternative Standards and Options

  • L-Band vs. UHF vs. S-Band

  • Key Technology and System Challenges

  • Markets and Timing



Previous speakers

  • O2- Andy Motley

  • Arqiva- Simon Mason

  • Orange- Mehdi Kerdoudi

  • Abertis Telecom- Alex Mestre

  • Alcatel Mobile Broadcast- Philip Lainé

  • SES Global

Other Operators, Infrastructure Providers and Standards Advocates

  • Nokia- TBD

  • IPWireless- Ian Henderson

  • Rogers Communications- Shawn Mandel

  • Vodafone- Andrew Dunkin

3:30 PM

Networking Break


4:00 PM


  • What are some Antenna Concepts and Variations for DVB-H Mobile TV Broadcast, Rebroadcast and for single frequency repeaters? How, if at all, do these differ from antennas for other access formats?

  • Are there any issues with mixing high power broadcast with GSM/3G installations?

  • How do you build a distributed antenna for a broadcast system on a single frequency

  • How can these antennas be designed to maximize height above the clutter and yet pass planning permission. 

  • UHF and L-Band frequency band options are being considered. What impact will this have on the costs and characteristics of the antennas?

  • What are the implications and relative merits of using sectored antennas versus Omni antennas at UHF and L-Band?

  • Should electronics be combined with the antenna? If so, which electronics?

  • Is there an impact of CPRI and OBSAI interfaces and what are their relative merits in these architectures?

  • What are the major challenges and areas of potential improvement foreseen by antenna suppliers? What are the present antenna and gain pattern performances and what can be expected to be achieved?

  • What recommendations would antenna suppliers make to OEMs and operators to help them to reduce the cost of the antennas?

  • What, if any, are the differences between mast and roof mounted antennas and what are the safety implications? 

  • What is the best way to build an antenna system on a roof which minimizes ICNERP (International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) and maximizes coverage

  • What are the implications of these designs on operating expenses?

    • Field operations

    • Installation

    • Maintenance

    • Repair and reliability

    • Servicing

    • Energy Consumption

  • What are the CAPEX implications?


Antenna Solutions for a DVB-H/DVB-T Infrastructure

Norbert Ephan

Senior Manager New Technology



Contribution of Antenna Systems to Mobile TV Network

Patrick Nobileau

VP Base Station Antennas

Radio Frequency Systems


Antennas and Filters for Mobile Media Applications at 700 MHz and 1.7 GHz

Ernie Mayberry

Sr. Director, Antenna Systems Management

Dielectric Communications


5:30 PM

Adjourn for Day


7:00 PM


London Style

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel.


Thursday, May 18, 2006


7:00 AM



8:00 AM


  • What are some Network architecture options for adding Mobile TV to cellular networks?

  • The operators would like to see interoperability of equipment between providers. What are the equipment OEMs willing to agree on to make this possible?

  • What are some of the performance characteristics of the broadcast and the rebroadcast power amplifiers (PAs), transceivers and active on channel repeaters for mobile TV networks? How, if at all, do these differ from those for other access formats such as DMB-T, Mediaflo, etc.? Amplifier linearity and efficiency?

  • What options are available for adding Mobile TV rebroadcasters to the basestation?

  • How would these be impacted by choosing UHF vs. L-Band? Costs and characteristics.

  • What are the key subsystems which must be challenged to improve to meet the needs of Mobile TV networks?

  • What can be done to maximize the spectral efficiency of these systems?

  • Will these Mobile TV PAs be developed by the Mobile Phone Network suppliers OR the TV Broadcast Equipment suppliers?

  • What advantages and disadvantages are there to site sharing?

  • What power efficiencies can be achieved?

  • What are the requirements for environmental control? Are fans required?

  • What are the PA designers views on locating the power amplifiers on the broadcast, rebroadcast or repeater antennas?

  • Is there any impact of CPRI and OBSAI interfaces and what are their relative merits in these architectures? What standards would make the PAs less costly?

  • What are the major challenges and areas of potential improvement foreseen by PA suppliers?

  • What recommendations would Power Amplifier/transceiver suppliers make to OEMs and operators to help them to reduce the cost of the antennas?

  • What are the implications of these designs on OPEX? Which factors in basestation/broadcast architectures for DVB-H Mobile TV are considered to be key?

    • Field operations including need for controlled environments.

    • Installation

    • Maintenance

    • Repair and reliability

    • Servicing

    • Energy Consumption and single phase or three phase supplies.

    • Backhaul options and fees

    • Site fees and key factors

  • What are the CAPEX implications?


Cost Optimization of Mobile TV Distribution Networks- Terrestrial and Satellite

Filip Gluszak

VP Marketing



Cost Considerations for various DVB-H Implementation Scenarios

John Tremblay

Vice President Engineering

Larcan Inc.


Choosing an Optimal Frequency Band for Mobile TV

Tim Dittmer

Director of TV Transmitter Product Development

Harris Broadcast Communications Division


Using Broadcast Standards for Handheld Devices: A System Architecture

Brett Jenkins

VP Engineering

Thales Broadcast & Multimedia


Mobile TV Solution, Another Way to Reduce OPEX and CAPEX Costs

Elie Bensaci

Head of Mobile Multimedia Broadcast

Nortel Networks


10:30 AM

Networking Break


11:00 AM




Basestation and Broadcast Equipment Suppliers will be given the opportunity to clarify their needs, requirements and views and will engage in a panel session where the audience is invited to ask questions and they will be given the opportunity to ask each other and the audience questions.


  • E2V

  • Harris

  • Larcan

  • Nortel Networks

  • Thales

  • UDCast

  • Others


Networking Lunch


1:00 PM


Handset Implications on Infrastructure Requirements


The Handset characteristics and capabilities fundamentally affect the demands placed on the Cellular and Broadcast infrastructure. 

  • What are the key functions and features of the handsets?

  • What are the impacts of choosing L-Band versus UHF on the cost and performance of the chipsets?

  • What features might the semiconductor providers recommend to optimize both cost and performance of Mobile TV handsets?

  • What flexibility might be built into the handset chipsets? At what cost? 



The Multimedia Computer in Mobile Broadcast

Riku Karlsson 

Head of Customer Projects

Nokia Multimedia


DVB-H: Costs of Infrastructure

Yannick Levy

CEO and Co-founder



Influence of the DVB-H Chipset Performance on Network Infrastructure Costs 

Mark Guinan

Vice-President Operations



2:30 PM


Handset and Handset Chipset Suppliers 


Handset and handset chipset suppliers will be given the opportunity to clarify their needs, requirements and views and will engage in a panel session where the audience is invited to ask questions and they will be given the opportunity to ask each other and the audience questions.


Speakers and Other Handset and Handset Chip Suppliers Present

3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:30 PM


Host Panel session and Operators


The hosts will be asked to recap the extent to which the workshop has addressed their wish lists.

  • Have we answered your questions? 

  • Do you now have better insight into the tradeoffs and values for the different options? 

  • What gaps do you see and what should be done to address these gaps? (Communications and Technology) 

  • What can the IWPC do to help move this process forward?


Hosts and Operators

4:15 PM

TakeAways & Closing Remarks


5:00 PM



7:00 PM

Dinner (Dutch *)


* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.

For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food, good wine and [really] bad jokes


Friday, May 19, 2006


8:30 AM - 
12:30 PM


Tour of O2/Arqiva/Nokia Mobile TV Trial in Oxford, UK

(Restrictions may apply - subject to approval.)

(Arrival Back at Hotel by 2:00 PM)


Bus Transportation provided from and to hotel. Lunch provided.




Deadline for electronic version of handout materials: 

Friday, May 5, 2006



ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out of pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus 4 Breaks), booklet copying, audio/visual costs, etc.


We estimate that these costs will be $914. (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members, only.)


ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, Mastercard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check.


Make checks payable to IWPC.



Hilton London Kensington
179-199 Holland Park Avenue
London, UK  W11 4UL
Phone: +44-207-605-7602
Fax:  +44-207-605-7677

IWPC Room Block Code:  IWP160506

[email protected]



Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. Mention the IWPC room block rate of £99.00 + VAT single occupancy.


Cut-off date for reservations is May 1, 2006. After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.



Distance from Heathrow to Hotel - 14 miles



A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.

In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “movies” of all presentations and panel sessions.



Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.



Business casual suggested. No ties, please !!



IWPC prepares a handout binder with ALL presentation materials delivered to the IWPC on or before the deadline.


For ALL IWPC members:

All IWPC members are invited to submit a maximum of 4 pages of materials to include in this handout binder. These pages should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

These materials will be copied and handed out at the workshop and included in the IWPC Web site.

Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files.


Please send electronic materials (any size file) to:


[email protected]


or by snail mail to:


600 Louis Drive, Suite 104

Warminster, PA 18974 USA


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