Frequently Asked Questions

Datacasting FAQs

What is datacasting?

Datacasting is the process of broadcasting data over a wide area using television or radio signals, typically to deliver internet content without the need for a broadband connection.

How does datacasting work?

Datacasting works by embedding digital data into traditional broadcast signals, which can then be received and decoded by compatible devices. At Trilogy Next Gen, we're harnessing the power of datacasting to revolutionize how digital data is transmitted.

What types of content can be datacast?

Until recently, datacasting was limited to radio or tv signals, meaning only audio or video content could be datacast. That’s because the underlying standards-based technology relied on ATSC 1.0. In 2017, the industry approved ATSC 3.0 for use, enabling any type of content (image files, text files, audio and video files, etc.) to be easily transmitted, point to multipoint. 

What are some of the current and future applications for datacasting?

Using ATSC 1.0, datacasting was used to deliver public safety data to police, fire, and other first responders. Now, thanks to ATSC 3.0, the capabilities of datacasting have greatly expanded. It can now be used to provide real-time traffic updates and alternative driving routes to improve transportation in smart cities and broadcast public meeting schedules and information about local services and events. It’s also ideal for alerting area citizens to hyper-local weather and other safety threats, providing residents with real-time energy consumption data from the local utility and enabling business to target their advertising like never before.

What are the benefits of datacasting for schools and universities?

Datacasting benefits schools and universities by providing a cost-effective way to distribute educational content to multiple locations simultaneously, especially where internet access is limited. It enables reliable delivery of lessons, multimedia resources, and critical updates to students and faculty, ensuring equal learning opportunities for remote or underserved areas.

Private LTE FAQs

Why is private LTE better than Wi-Fi?

Private LTE offers better security, more reliable coverage, and greater control over network traffic. It operates on licensed spectrum, reducing interference, and is ideal for environments requiring robust, consistent connectivity and where data sensitivity is a concern. Unlike Wi-Fi, its performance doesn't degrade with distance or obstacles, ensuring stable connections for users and IoT devices.

Why use a private LTE network?

Private LTE networks are used for their superior performance in terms of coverage, capacity, and security. They provide dedicated bandwidth, ensuring consistent data transmission, which is vital for critical communications and industrial IoT applications. Private LTE is ideal for enterprises needing robust, reliable connectivity that is less susceptible to interference and congestion, typical in public networks or traditional Wi-Fi setups.

How does Private LTE differ from Wi-Fi in terms of connectivity?

When comparing Private LTE Vs Wi-Fi, the key differences lie in network infrastructure and coverage. Private LTE provides a dedicated network, offering better control, enhanced security, and superior coverage, especially in extensive or complex environments. It excels in supporting a high number of connections and maintains consistent performance over large areas. Wi-Fi, while cost-effective and popular, can face challenges with coverage consistency and is more susceptible to interference and capacity issues, particularly in densely constructed areas.


What’s the difference between 5G and LTE?

LTE is a 4th generation wireless technology while 5G is a generation more advanced, giving it many performance advantages over LTE. For example, 5G can transmit data at one gigabit per second and support 10,000 connected devices per cell, 10x the speed and capacity of LTE.

Can a 5G network support both 4G LTE and 5G services?

Yes. 5G is a backwards compatible technology, which means it can support 5G as well as 4G (and even 3G) service. But depending on the type of equipment used in the radio access network (RAN), separate antennas and/or radios may be needed to support the various technologies.

Is 5G the same as Private 5G?

Not exactly. 5G is a wireless technology, whereas Private 5G is one use case of that technology. A Private 5G network is owned and operated by the business or facility that uses it, whereas public 5G is owner and operated by a mobile network operator or public utility. This gives Private 5G advantages regarding security (data isn’t routed outside the network to, say, a telco central office facility) and customization (a Private 5G network can be configured to the exact needs of the organization, not so with public 5G.

What is 5G SA and 5G NSA?

5G standalone (SA) and 5G non-standalone (NSA) are different ways of deploying the 5G technology. NSA uses a 5G RAN and 4G LTE core, enabling it to support both technologies. This is why most of the initial 5G deployments are NSA. Eventually, it is expected that the industry will move almost exclusively to end-to-end 5G enabled by 5G SA.


What is the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC)?

The ATSC is an international non-profit organization that develops voluntary standards for digital television, including datacasting, used primarily in North America.

What version of ATSC is used for datacasting?

The version of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) standards used for datacasting is primarily ATSC 3.0. This latest version, also known as NextGen TV, has been designed to support enhanced data transmission capabilities alongside traditional audio and video content. ATSC 3.0 utilizes advanced encoding and modulation techniques, allowing for more efficient use of broadcast spectrum.

What Are the Benefits of ATSC 3.0?

ATSC 3.0 is the latest version of the ATSC standards, offering significant enhancements over previous versions. These improvements include:

  • Improved Picture and Sound Quality: Supports 4K Ultra HD resolution and immersive audio formats.
  • Interactivity and Personalization: Offers interactive features and personalized content, enhancing viewer engagement.
  • Better Signal Reception: More robust signal that improves reception, especially for mobile devices and TVs without outdoor antennas.
  • Hybrid Broadcast-Broadband Capabilities: Allows integration of broadcast and internet content.
  • Advanced Emergency Alerts: Enhanced alert systems provide more detailed and localized emergency information.

Broadband Connectivity FAQs

What is Broadband Connectivity?

Broadband connectivity refers to high-speed internet access that is always on and faster than traditional dial-up access. It encompasses various high-speed transmission technologies like DSL, cable modem, fiber-optic, wireless, satellite, and broadband over power lines.

Are Broadband and Wi-Fi the same?

Broadband and Wi-Fi are not the same. Broadband is the wide bandwidth data transmission method that provides internet access. Wi-Fi, on the other hand, is a wireless technology that uses radio waves to provide wireless high-speed internet and network connections. Essentially, broadband is the internet connection itself, while Wi-Fi is a means to access that connection wirelessly within a certain area.

Smart City Solutions FAQs

How are wireless solutions integral to the development of smart cities?

Wireless solutions are fundamental to smart city development, providing the backbone for seamless connectivity and communication. They enable the integration of various smart city components like sensors, IoT devices, and control systems. This connectivity is crucial for real-time data collection and management, essential for traffic control, public safety monitoring, efficient energy use, and enhancing overall urban living standards.

What are the key benefits of implementing wireless solutions in smart cities?

Wireless solutions for smart cities offer numerous benefits, including:

  • Enhanced Public Safety: Real-time monitoring and response capabilities improve emergency services and public safety.
  • Traffic and Transportation Management: Wireless systems enable smarter traffic control, reducing congestion and improving public transport efficiency.
  • Environmental Monitoring: Wireless sensors help in monitoring environmental parameters, aiding in sustainable urban planning.
  • Improved Urban Services: From waste management to public Wi-Fi, wireless connectivity enhances various city services, making urban living more efficient and convenient.
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making: Continuous data flow aids in informed decision-making for city planning and development.
Why are high-speed networks crucial for the development of smart cities?

High-speed networks are fundamental to smart cities, enabling rapid and efficient data transfer essential for various smart city applications. They facilitate real-time analytics, crucial for traffic management, public safety, and energy distribution. These networks support the vast array of IoT devices and sensors deployed throughout the city, ensuring seamless communication and operational efficiency.

Trilogy NextGen FAQs

Who is Trilogy NextGen?

Trilogy NextGen is a forward-thinking company at the forefront of connectivity solutions. We design, integrate and manage cutting-edge wireless and network technologies, enabling customers to tackle a wide range of challenges across education, smart cities, and industrial sectors. Our expertise in broadband, broadcast, and cloud technologies helps simplify the complexity of today’s communication and connectivity networks. We make it easy for customers to develop, maintain and evolve reliable and secure networks, now and in the future.    

What are the services and products offered by Trilogy NextGen?

Trilogy NextGen offers a suite of services and products that showcase our experience with Private Networks, Datacasting, Fixed Wireless Access, and Broadband Connectivity solutions. Fluent in technologies like Private LTE/5G, Wi-Fi, and ATSC 3.0, we can tailor a best-fit solution to meet the unique demands of virtually any industry and application.

What are the benefits of using Trilogy's solutions?

Partnering with Trilogy as a systems integrator and/or solutions provider, offers a host of advantages:

  • Enhanced Connectivity: Reliable, high-speed internet and network connectivity support diverse environments and your most demanding applications.
  • Tailored Solutions: Customized services and solutions for education, smart city, and industrial applications ensure the specific network coverage, capacity and reliability you need.
  • Future-ready Technology: By integrating next-generation solutions—like Private LTE/5G and datacasting—into existing networks, we ensure you’re prepared for what’s next.
  • Extensive Reach: Trilogy NextGen specializes in connecting underserved areas, helping to bridge the digital divide.
  • Operational Excellence and Security: Our commitment to operational efficiency and robust security measures keeps businesses and public services ahead of the curve.
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