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Still, mobile TV exists

May 17 2006

PCCW Mobile Hong Kong became the first operator, who realized the possibility of television broadcasts in real time in mobile networks 3G.

The company's plans - to provide services throughout Hong Kong, and especially in the subway tunnels, which also will be able to view television programs and movies. And the deployment service is accelerated pace and complete the first phase of work planned for the end of June. The number of registered subscribers PCCW, taking advantage of opportunities on 3G, more than 100,000 people.

For large-scale deploy mobile TV in Hong Kong has a direct bearing on such heavyweights as Huawei Technologies. It was her Cell Multimedia Broadcast technology is the basis of developing the service, which is organized in the framework of standard IPTV.

IPTV, in turn, is nothing but one of the promising ways to deliver media content. As the name implies, is to provide services to commercial TV on IP-channels. To deploy IPTV requires, above all, a broadband connection, and here offers Huawei have been an opportune moment.

The company PCCW one of the first few years was able to create the world's largest commercial network IPTV, which still holds the leading position on the number of subscribers - more than 550 000.

Meanwhile, today there are at least three other competing technologies, targeted to support mobile TV: DVB-H, DMB and MediaFlo.

All depends on the agreement between mobile operators and manufacturers of mobile phones .

Thus, among the major manufacturers of mobile phones in the field of mobile television is allocated Samsung. At a recent in Barcelona 3GSM World Congress the company introduced a line of seven new products that support all types of existing standards for mobile TV - Terrestrial DMB (T-DMB), Satellite (S-DMB), DVB-H and Media FLO.

In February (well before the opening of the World Cup) Samsung announced the SGH-P900 phone supports T-DMB, intended for use in Europe and the USA.

In addition, this week was submitted apparatus SCH-W200, developed on the basis of technology HSDPA (High-Speed Packet Downlink Access - High Speed Packet Access). NEW capable of transmitting audio and video files at speeds up to 1.8 Mbps and receive satellite television thanks to the S-DMB.

In Russia, the promotion of HSDPA technology for the generation UMTS networks engaged company Alcatel.

However, so far, as noted by some experts, the Russian market is not ready to transition to technology, including for technical reasons. However, as soon as the third generation mobile network will become a reality in Russia, new opportunities will be given the green light.

On materials iTWire, iTNews, DailyTech, Snews


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