ETSI approves publication of FLO Air Interface Specification

The FLO Forum is pleased to recognize the decision of the EBU / CENELEC / ETSI Joint Technical Committee (JTC) Broadcast to publish ETSI TS 102 589, “Forward Link Only Air Interface; Specification for Terrestrial Mobile; Multimedia Multicast.”

JTC Broadcast is a collaborative working group of European Broadcasting Union, European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation, and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) established to develop specifications for broadcast systems.

The publication of ETSI TS 102 589 is a significant step towards ensuring a single global specification for the FLO air interface. The decision to publish a new JTC Broadcast specification provides tangible benefits to key industry stakeholders.

Wireless operators have greater freedom to match the ideal technology with their business model; regulators gain the ability to provide a technology-neutral spectrum policy using open, standards-based technology; and mobile broadcast suppliers, ranging from semiconductor manufacturers to device OEMs to broadcast network infrastructure providers, have access to greater economies of scale through global compatibility of FLO mobile broadcast solutions.

The JTC Broadcast-approved technical specification, ETSI TS 102 589, is based on the Forward Link Only Air Interface Specification published as TIA-1099 by the North American Telecommunications Industry Association. With its publication, the FLO air interface technology joins other mobile broadcast technologies standardized by JTC Broadcast, those published by the TIA, and still others deployed or in development around the globe.