Fundamentals of DVB-H Broadcasting Transmission and Reception

  • Wout Joseph
  • Luc Martens

1.1 Introduction

The digital broadcasting standard DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting—Handheld) enables a high data rate broadcast access for hand-held terminals (e.g., portable, pocket-size battery-operated phones) [5, 6, 7, 8]. The broadband downstream channel features a useful data rate of up to several Mbps and may be used for audio and video streaming applications, file downloads, and many other kinds of services.

The DVB-H technology is an extension of DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting—Terrestrial) [6] and takes the specific properties of typical hand-held terminals into account. The three main new physical-layer techniques that have been introduced for DVB-H are time slicing, MPE—FEC (Multi-Protocol Encapsulation— Forward Error Correction), and the 4K mode [5, 6]. First, DVB-H uses time slicing, a power-saving algorithm based on the time-multiplexed transmission of different services. This technique results in a battery power-saving effect and allows soft handover if one moves...


Path Loss Modulation Scheme Packet Error Rate Delay Spread Path Loss Model 
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The authors wish to thank David Plets and Leen Verloock for their effort during the DVB-H tests. The authors also thank the IBBT-MADUF project, co-funded by the IBBT (Interdisciplinary institute for BroadBand Technology), a research institute founded by the Flemish Government in 2004, and the involved companies and institutions. W. Joseph is a Post-Doctoral Fellow of the FWO-V (Research Foundation—Flanders).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wout Joseph
    • 1
  • Luc Martens
    • 1
  1. 1.Ghent University/IBBTGentBelgium

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