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

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20092009:524163

  • Received: 30 September 2008
  • Accepted: 18 March 2009
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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.


  • Signal Strength
  • Measured Signal
  • Optimal Setting
  • Modulation Scheme
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Authors’ Affiliations

IBBT, Department of Information Technology, Ghent University, Gaston Crommenlaan 8 Box 201, 9050 Ghent, Belgium
VRT-medialab, Flemish Radio and Television Network (VRT), Auguste Reyerslaan 52, 1043 Brussel, Belgium


© David Plets et al. 2009

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