Soon You Can Watch Hundreds Of High-Quality Video Channels On Your Mobile Phone — Without Using Internet Or Consuming Your Data

The first practical result of this technology was the ability to stream high-quality film, video and movie content directly to a mobile phone, without wasting any data.

In tests at IIT Kanpur, more than 200 channels were broadcast simultaneously.

And at a conference in Delhi, on ‘Direct to Mobile and 5G: Convergence Roadmap for India’ organized by the three project partners in June this year, the delegates were able to experience such television broadcasts on their smart phones.

Since then, a proof of concept across three sites has been successfully achieved in Bengaluru at IIT Kanpur working with Indian wireless communication solutions company Saankhya Labs, the I&B Secretary said, adding that the next phase of trials was scheduled in the National Capital Region.

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Win-Win For Everyone

It could be argued that this is one technology that has no downsides — and gains for all stakeholders:

— For the government, Direct to Mobile opens the prospect of a direct channel to India’s approximately 750 million smartphone users – an invaluable tool for sending public service messages especially in disaster situations, even when facing the threat of fake news in national times. crisis.

— The channel at other times will open new channels of entertainment in high definition for phone owners, without the usual hassles of jerky stops and starts due to data buffering.

— And for mobile service providers, this will free up valuable spectrum and bandwidth, as they would now have the option of routing pay-as-you-go and over-the-counter (OTT) content through the broadcast channel.

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Prasar Bharati has generated a short but elegant White Paper on Mobile Direct Broadcasting, laying out the strong logic why India needs to embrace the technology:

For more than 80 percent of Indian Internet users, their preferred access device is a mobile phone – and 82 percent of their Internet consumption is video content, amounting to 1.1 million minutes of ‘videos streamed or downloaded every second.

This adds up to 240.2 exabytes of data each month and users pay for a lot of it. (An exabyte equals 1,000 petabytes or 1 billion gigabytes).

For Indians who hope for pass vasool or if value for money is part of their DNA, the personal savings of broadcasting their quota of information instead of downloading it would be significant.

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The White Paper can be downloaded here.

And to make an offer to lay people, the Press Information Bureau has uploaded a two-minute video which can be found here.

It is clear from the ongoing developments that the government has decided in principle that Direct to Mobile is a technology whose time has come. What remains to be done? Two things for starters:

One: the government would have to convert today’s experimental setups into a dedicated infrastructure to support the mobile-specific broadcasts.

This requires a special frequency spectrum allocation, but the idea is the band currently used by Doordarshan for its terrestrial TV broadcast – 526-582 MHz can be repurposed for Direct to Mobile.


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