Saankhya Labs, India’s leading wireless communication system and transformative technology solutions provider (Parag Naik, GIT Alumnus; Founder & CEO who is from Belagavi) has developed nnext-generation communication technologies of 5G Broadcast and Direct To Mobile TV.
Saankhya Labs demonstrated 5G Broadcast and Direct to Mobile TV (DTM) at recently concluded MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Spain from 25th to 28th February. This is the first time that a 5G Broadcast solution using the convergence of Broadcast and Broadband technology has been demonstrated anywhere in the world.
At MWC 2019, Saankhya’s 5G broadcast technology demonstration generated a lot of interest among various telecom operators and broadcasters.
5G Broadcast is the next generation communication technology that is based on the convergence of Broadcast & Broadband. This solution enables telecom service providers to offload video traffic from their mobile network onto the broadcast network. This will help decongest mobile spectrum use by removing video traffic that accounts for maximum data use. This will improve usage of mobile spectrum and increase the user experience by freeing bandwidth which will help reduce call drops, increase data speeds etc.
Video traffic is the fastest growing traffic on mobile networks. World over, about 60% of mobile data usage is of video content, and this is expected to increase to over 75% by 2022. The Indian mobile market is expected to grow to more than 850 million users. 5G broadcast will help unchoke the mobile networks from this huge video traffic.
This solution not only helps the service provider, but also will help broadcasters to monetize their broadcast spectrum by reaching millions of additional subscribers enabled by mobile reception.
5G Broadcast has a wide variety of applications such as, Multimedia and Entertainment including UHD TV to Mobile devices, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR and AR) Services. It can be a very effective solution for Emergency Broadcast Services, Internet of Things, Various Automotive Applications such as
Firmware Upgrade Over the Air (FOTA), Broadcast of Mapping and GIS data for Driverless Vehicles, Automotive Infotainment etc.
Saankhya Labs is providing a complete solution for 5G broadcast including ‘Cellularized’ Low-power Broadcast Radio Head (BRH), mobile receiver chip based on its latest Software Defined Radio technology and the analytics software on mobile core networks which enables the switching between Broadcast and Broadband networks.
Apart from 5G Broadcast, Saankhya’s other solution called Direct to Mobile TV (DTM), will allow mobile devices to receive terrestrial Digital TV. As more and more people are watching entertainment content on portable devices, DTM gives them the option to watch Free to Air Linear TV such as Live sports, news etc. on their mobile devices without buffering.
Both the technology solutions i.e. 5G Broadcast and Direct to Mobile TV are powered by Saankhya’s indigenous Pruthvi-3 Chipsets based on award winning and patented SDR architecture. Pruthvi-3 is a fully programmable multi-standard chipset that supports next generation communication standards. Pruthvi-3 chipset was launched last year in December by Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications, Shri. Manoj Sinha.
Parag Naik, Co-Founder and CEO, Saankhya Labs has said, “The majority of the content on mobile devices is in the form of videos. This exponential rise in video consumption poses a great challenge to network operators who are looking at efficient video delivery solutions. The offload of videos from broadband to broadcast under the 5G broadcast aims to resolve this issue. We at Saankhya Labs are working on several such next generation technology development including our futuristic Cognitive RAN solution that can help build a more open and better mobile device eco system beyond 5G”
About Saankhya Labs
Saankhya Labs is a wireless communication solutions and technology company that provides products based on its award winning, patented Software Defined Radio SDR platform. Saankhya offers a wide range of communication products for broadband, satellite and broadcast applications. With several International technology patents and unique ‘chips-to-systems’ expertise, Saankhya’s solutions include industry’s first IEEE 802.22 compliant TVWS systems for rural broadband connectivity, Satellite communications modems for IoT applications and multi-standard DTV modulators and demodulators. Saankhya Labs is working on creating cutting edge technology in Next-Gen TV and communications solutions in 5G and beyond. Saankhya Labs is headquartered in Bengaluru.