BTS Chapter Events

DL Lecture on October 19th, 2015

IEEE BTS Distinguished Lecturer tour, Presented in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto Chapters.

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, Montreal Chapter is inviting all interested IEEE Montreal members and other interested engineers, technologists and students to this technical seminar. This presentation is In cooperation with the IEEE BTS Distinguished Lecturer Program.

Terrestrial broadcast vs. LTE-eMBMS: Competition and cooperation
Marco Breiling, IEEE BTS distinguished lecturer
Chief scientist of the broadband & broadcast department
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), Germany Erlangen

Time & Date: Thursday 19 Nov 2015, 3:00-5:00PM
Place: Concordia University, SGW Campus, Room: EV002.184
1515 Rue Ste – Catherine O, Montreal, QC H3G 1A1
Please register at:, No Registration fee
Contact person: Manijeh Khataie, email:

Abstract: While the broadcast world is reinforcing its armoury by introducing new and highly advanced standards like DVB-T2/-NGH and ATSC 3.0, the pressure by the mobile communications business is ever increasing. As users consume more unicast content or switch over to satellite TV or IPTV, the user base for terrestrial TV is shrinking, whereas the data rates requested by the users in mobile communications networks explode. Moreover, the mobile communications armoury now includes LTE-eMBMS as a broadcast mode, which can handle cases, where many users want to consume the same content. Consequently, the mobile network operators ask for a reallocation of the UHF broadcast bands to standards such as LTE (digital dividend II and more). If we assume that there is a future for broadcast over terrestrial transmission, this talk will shed some light about the question what technical (not commercial!) advantages conventional terrestrial broadcast standards like DVB have over eMBMS and vice versa. This leads to the question, whether the best aspects of both can be combined by having both networks cooperate. A final aspect discussed is the idea of distributing eMBMS content by satellite using, e.g., DVB-S2.

Speaker Biography: After conducting studies at the Universität Karlsruhe/Germany (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT), the Norges Tekniske Høgskole (NTH) in Trondheim/Norway, the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique (ESIEE) in Paris and the University of Southampton/England, Marco Breiling graduated with a Dipl.-Ing. degree from KIT in 1997. He earned his PhD degree (with highest honor) for a thesis about turbo codes from Universität Erlangen/Germany in 2002. Since 2001, he has been working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) in Erlangen in the field of satellite and terrestrial communications. He currently holds the position of the broadband & broadcast department’s chief scientist.

Presentation in PDF


1-Day Workshop on October 5th, 2015

On October 5th, 2015, the IEEE Montreal BTS chapter organized a one-day workshop with 3 presentations:

1. Directional Pattern Design of VHF and UHF Antennas for FM and TV
Speaker: Eric Wandel, IEEE BTS distinguished lecturer, & President and Principal Engineer of Wavepoint Research Inc.
Abstract: This lecture discusses pattern development and the effects of the mounting structure on the antenna pattern for both intentional directional antennas as well as non-DA antennas. Techniques for pattern design will be presented, including detailed array theory and NEC modeling. Focus will be given specifically to customizing and optimizing the directional patterns using computer modeling, but outdoor range and anechoic chamber measurements will be discussed. 
2. Spectrum issues for North American broadcasters
Speaker: Charles Rousseau, CBC/Radio-Canada
Abstract: The amount of spectrum that mobile operators are permitted to use by national governments is being rapidly exhausted by growing demand for bandwidth-hungry services. According to Cisco, global mobile traffic will increase nearly eleven fold between 2014 and 2018. Unless more spectrum is made available, mobile services will struggle to cope. This lecture will talk about the political and technical issues about the additional spectrum allocations to the mobile service on a primary basis and identification of additional frequency bands for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) and related regulatory provisions, to facilitate the development of terrestrial mobile broadband applications, in accordance with Resolution 233 (WRC-12).Presentation in PDF
3. Potential interference from IMT devices to C Band satellite broadcast services
Speaker: Sunday Nyamweno & Guy Bouchard, CBC/Radio-Canada
Abstract: The CITEL recommends that a portion of the C-Band (3.4-4.2GHz) is identified for International
Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) at WRC-15. It is one of the few bands where a harmonised portion
could be made available for potential future mobile broadband use worldwide and which is large enough
to support very high levels of data traffic and the fastest data rates. Some concern has been raised that
medium-term mobile broadband deployments in the C-Band in parts of the Asia Pacific could negatively
impact the addressable market for C-Band satellite services. This presentation will talk about the effect of
this assignment to broadcasters which are heavily relying on C band satellites.
Presentation in PDF

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