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4G: LTE/LTE-Advanced for Mobile Broadband, 2nd Edition by Johan Skold, Stefan Parkvall, Erik Dahlman

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Chapter 17

Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Services

Abstract

In addition to unicast transmission to individual users, LTE can also provide Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (MBMS) such as mobile TV. The details of MBMS transmission in LTE are the topic of this chapter, including single-frequency network operation and scheduling of different MBMS services.

Keywords

MBMS; broadcasting; MBSFN

In the past, cellular systems have mostly focused on transmission of data intended for a single user and not on multicast/broadcast services. Broadcast networks, exemplified by the radio and TV broadcasting networks, have on the other hand focused on covering very large areas with the same content and have offered no or limited possibilities for transmission ...

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