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New Method to Determine the Range of DVB-H Networks and the Influence of MPE-FEC Rate and Modulation Scheme

  • David Plets1Email author,
  • Wout Joseph1,
  • Leen Verloock1,
  • Emmeric Tanghe1,
  • Luc Martens1,
  • Hugo Gauderis2 and
  • Etienne Deventer2
EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20092009:524163

DOI: 10.1155/2009/524163

Received: 30 September 2008

Accepted: 18 March 2009

Published: 4 May 2009


DVB-H networks allow high data rate broadcast access for hand-held terminals. A new method to determine the range of good reception quality of such a DVB-H network will be investigated in this paper. To this end, a new subjective criterion is proposed, based on the viewing experience of the users. This criterion is related to the percentage of valid reception. A comparison with existing criteria, based on measured signal strengths, is also made. The ranges are determined for mobile reception inside a car. The influence of the MPE-FEC rate and the modulation scheme on the range is also investigated, enabling wireless telecom operators to select optimal settings for future networks.

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Authors’ Affiliations

IBBT, Department of Information Technology, Ghent University
VRT-medialab, Flemish Radio and Television Network (VRT)


© David Plets et al. 2009

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