This blog is by Marc Rouanne, EVP Mobile Broadband, at Nokia Solutions and Networks.
Paris has long been known as the City of Light and as the City of Love, but on Saturday, September 21, 2013, it received a new sobriquet as the City of LTE.
SFR has launched its commercial LTE service in Paris, a landmark event feted through several initiatives such as a mega-concert at the Grand Palais and a reception on a boat in front of the Musée d’Orsay. I was delighted to attend as the representative of NSN, the LTE network supplier for the French capital, and particularly enjoyed witnessing the positive reactions of guests as they tried out 4G for the first time.
During the reception, SFR treated us to images of Paris by night, beamed live from a Segway along the banks of the Seine. The network’s high capacity was demonstrated by the 3D pictures sent to the screen at the restaurant via the LTE network and viewed by guests through 3D glasses. Smartphones were also available to give guests a hands-on experience of LTE.
The roving reporter on the Segway was particularly impressive. It proved that HD live transmissions with an excellent end-user experience are now possible via the SFR LTE network. The upload stream ran at about 6 Mbit/s, although with a new video codec it will be possible to run HD video in less than 1 Mbit/s, enabling the transmission of hot news from all over the country to wherever there is LTE coverage. Not only that, but with the return channel, the reporter can get instructions from a stage director or even from the audience, making for truly interactive TV.
The celebrations in Paris were the culmination of much behind-the-scenes work. NSN provided its Single RAN (radio access network) based on its award-winning, compact and high-capacity Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and its NetAct network management system to optimize the Paris network.
We were glad to witness SFR’s ground-breaking launch of this exciting service for the people of Paris, and are proud that we were able to help our customer achieve the rollout of this network. We look forward to helping SFR develop and improve the service for many years to come.
Have a look at a video taken during the evening.