The FLO Forum, a group of global wireless industry leaders supporting FLO (Forward Link-Only) technology for mobile multimedia broadcast, announced completion of the FLO Repeater Minimum Performance Specification.
The companies said this marks a significant step in the open standardization of FLO technology.
The new spec has been submitted to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-47.1 subcommittee. After TIA standardization review and comment procedures, and when approved, the specification will be published as TIA-1132 Minimum Performance Specification for Terrestrial Mobile Multimedia Multicast Forward Link Only Repeaters.
The proposed standard specifies a minimum set of test and performance characteristics to ensure that a FLO repeater can provide service in any network that meets the compatibility requirements outlined by the FLO Air Interface Specification, published as TIA-1099 in July 2006.
The standard ensures that any FLO repeater is able to receive and transmit waveforms containing multicast service information that can be received by any FLO device.
The FLO Repeater Minimum Performance Specification was developed and approved by the FLO Forum’s Test & Certification Committee, comprising FLO Forum members. Korea’s SOLiD Technologies Inc. and France’s TeamCast were involved in the development of the spec, while Spain’s Mier Communicaciones provided infrastructure to verify it in lab testing.
“Repeaters are of particular importance in a mobile broadcast environment, where they are subjected to rigorous demands, such as providing live TV services on the move in urban areas,” said an official of the Global Business Division of SOLiD Technologies.
— TV Tech