WOR Uses LTE Via Comrex Codec For Remote
January 24, 2011 at 4:28 AM (PT)
The new LTE 4G mobile broadband network being used by most cell phone carriers in the U.S. got a successful workout for a radio remote by BUCKLEY Talk WOR-A/NEW YORK using a COMREX ACCESS codec.
Phone line problems forced WOR to switch from using a POTS codec with 4G as a backup to using COMREX's ACCESS unit and VERIZON's LTE network for the opening of JOAN HAMBURG's remote from the 21 CLUB in MANHATTAN, and WOR Corporate Director for Engineering TOM RAY said, "We had attempted ACCESS remotes on 3G in NYC before. It simply doesn't work well inside the city. So I was skeptical about using 4G in MANHATTAN. We were in an area that is notorious for poor cellular calls. But the 4G just -- simply -- worked. I must say that I'm impressed."
CONREX Technical Dir. TOM HARTNETT said, "The skyscraper-lined streets of MANHATTAN have often presented special challenges for radio remote broadcasts. ISDN is difficult and expensive to install and 3G signals are notoriously overloaded. The new VERIZON 4G service allows ACCESS to deliver incredible quality and low delay in environments that couldn't previously support any wireless remote broadcasts. The 700MHz band used by VERIZON LTE provides for superior building penetration."