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Lowering Mobile TV Costs - II
Infrastructure and Handsets:

Architectures, Options and Tradeoffs

for lowest CAPEX and OPEX


Hosted by: 



Keynote by:


Executive Director of the

Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum, bmcoforum


Plus Tour:  Abertis Telecom Mobile TV Trial


Barcelona, Spain

March 20-23, 2007


Hotel 1898
La Rambla 109
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Phone: 34-93-552-9552
Fax: 34-93-552-9550
Reservations: [email protected]



Organized by the International Wireless Industry Consortium


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



Workshop Background:


An IWPC workshop hosted by O2 and Arqiva was held May 2006 to address infrastructure requirements for Mobile TV delivery. Mobile TV is now a reality in several places with trials underway or completed in many others.  


Interest continues to grow in deploying Mobile TV services. These services will likely be delivered cooperatively by broadcast providers and cellular service providers in some cases supported by alternative access providers such as Abertis. 


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? Several trials have been held in various countries using various air interface options.


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 also include open discussion on the alternatives. 

Workshop Goal:


The goal of this workshop is to revisit progress, decisions and deployment experiences since that time and will offer opportunities for:

  • Major cellular and broadcast service providers and alternative access providers to provide an overview to the infrastructure equipment providers of their perspectives on the requirements, objectives, perceived challenges and forecast market developments 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, March 20, 2007


7:00 PM

Social and Networking
Reception & Registration

At Hotel 1898


Wednesday, March 21, 2007


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



Abertis TELECOM and bmco Keynotes

  • What do broadcast and cellular operators and alternative access vendors see as the greatest challenges to deploying Mobile TV systems?

  • What do broadcast and cellular operators and alternative access vendors 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?

  • What bands do broadcast and cellular operators and alternative access vendors 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 broadcast and cellular operators and alternative access vendors 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 Abertis Telecom and Arqiva'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 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?

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


Maximizing Mobile TV, Minimizing Costs

Alex Mestre

Abertis Telecom


Mobile Broadcasting: Trends and Challenges

Prof. Dr. Claus Sattler

Executive Director



10:30 AM

Networking Break


11:00 AM

MOBILE tv experiences

  • What are the Operators' and Broadcasters' experiences with the trials being held internationally?

  • How do other Operators' and Broadcasters' views differ from those of Abertis or BMCO's on the above topics?

  • What bands do other operators and broadcasters 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 system and subsystem suppliers and where would they like to see improvements in performance, cost, availability, size, etc.?

  • What are their experiences with the acceptability of performance of the handsets and do they feel the sensitivity specifications are correct?  (Too high or too low?)

  • What do they see as the roles of alternative access providers or wholesalers?

  • How do cellular operators see the interaction with their 3G networks?

  • Do broadcasters see the role of Mobile TV as competitive or complementary to their networks?

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


The RAI DVB-H Trial in Turin: Which Lessons We Learned

Alberto Morello

Director of Research Centre



TDF Group Development of Mobile TV Networks All Over Europe

Bernard Pauchon

Senior Vice President

Development of Broadcast Services
towards Mobile Device

Direction du développement et 
de l'International




12:00 PM


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

  • Will the system be a hybrid satellite/terrestrial approach?

  • What are the economics of the distribution solutions?

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


Lowering Mobile TV Costs

Philippe Lainé

Technology Strategy Director 

Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Broadcast


12:30 PM



  • How to tune the service layer (ESG, Interactive services, content casting) for best performance from server to client ?

  • How to minimize service layer distribution costs ?

  • How to personalize a service offer in a multiple operator environment ?

    • End user expectations

    • Standard solutions today and tomorrow

    • Personalized and pervasive interactive services



Optimizing data casting over DVB-H: a Multi operator ESG approach.

Claude Seyrat

Vice President

Marketing and Strategy



1:00 PM

Networking Lunch


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

  • Trials and Experiences

  • Alternative Standards and Options and can they be made compatible?  

  • Unicast versus Multicast

  • L-Band vs. UHF vs. S-Band

  • Key Technology and System Challenges

  • Markets and Timing

  • Abertis Telecom

  • Alcatel-Lucent

  • Arqiva

  • bmcoforum

  • Orascom

  • Qualcomm

  • RAI

  • SES Global

  • Siemens

  • T-Systems

  • TDF

  • Telefonica

  • TRA

  • Vodafone

3:30 PM

Networking Break


4:30 PM


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

  • Are there any issues with co-location of high power broadcast with GSM/3G installations?  Can the same tower networks be used? 

  • 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?

  • 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?


Economics and Dynamics of Mobile TV Network Deployment

Jay Martin 

Vice President, Sales

Dielectric Communications


DVB-H Transmitting Antennas Concepts and Solutions

Georg Klauser

Head of Business Unit

Broadcast Antennas





5:30 PM

Adjourn for Day


7:00 PM


Barcelona Style

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel.


Thursday, March 22, 2007


7:00 AM


8:00 AM


  • What are some representative network architectures and what demands do they place on the subsystems?

  • How do the different access formats affect the network topology and major systems and subsystems?

  • What are the tools available for network and coverage planning?  How accurate are they and are they supported by propagation data?

  • What blend of major broadcast transmitters and repeaters is foreseeable for long term planning to achieve better in-building coverage?

  • What would the desired characteristics be for on-channel repeaters? 

  • Are there any issues with co-locating high power broadcast with GSM/3G installations?

  • What are the implications of these network approaches on operating expenses?

    • Field operations

    • Installation

    • Maintenance

    • Repair and reliability

    • Servicing

    • Energy Consumption

  • What are the CAPEX implications?


Mobile Media Coverage Planning Strategies for the UHF Spectrum

Martin Lodyga

Applications Engineer

Larcan, Inc.


The Experience of Mobile TV Services via DVB-H

Stefan Schneiders

Senior Vice President

Business Development 

Mobile Broadcast



Repeaters for Improved Coverage and Reduced CAPEX

Jack Wilson

Director/Business Development



Cost-effective rollout of Mobile TV networks using on-channel repeaters

Josep Gener

Sales Manager

Mier Communicaciones 



10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:30 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?




Flexible Satellite Distribution of Local Mobile TV content

Dries Coppens

Product Marketing

Newtec Systems


DVB-H Networks – Encapsulation, Distribution and Monitoring

Sebastien Caillau



Antenna & Filters for Mobile Television

Patrick Nobileau


Stephane Dauguet

Deputy CTO - WIS

Radio Frequency Systems



12:00 PM




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.


  • Alcatel-Lucent

  • Axcera LLC

  • Enensys

  • Larcan

  • Mier Communicaciones

  • Newtec

  • Siemens

  • UDCast

  • Others

1:00 PM

Networking Lunch


2:00 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? 

  • Interoperability, sensibility (antenna & without antenna)




Ways to Reduce Mobile TV Terminal CAPEX

Riku Karlsson 

Head of Customer Projects

Multimedia Experiences

Nokia Corporation


Impact of Receiver Performance on DVB-H Network Architecture Costs

Gerard Pousset

Technology Marketing Director



Lowering the cost of networks: Receiver Performance and Network Capacity Enhancements

Edwin Dilling

System Architect, TV on Mobile

BL Personal Entertainment Systems

NXP Semiconductor


3:30 PM

Networking Break


4:00 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

4:30 PM

TakeAways & Closing Remarks


5:30 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, March 23, 2007


TBD Morning


Abertis Telecom
Mobile TV Trial in Barcelona, Spain


Bus Transportation provided from and to hotel. 




Deadline for electronic version of handout materials: 

March 9, 2007



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 $ 898.00 (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.



Hotel 1898
La Rambla 109
08002 Barcelona, Spain

Phone: 34-93-552-9552
Fax: 34-93-552-9550
Reservations: [email protected]


Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. Mention the IWPC room block rate of 199 € single occupancy.


Cut-off date for reservations is March 9, 2007. After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.




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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.

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