German Mobile TV Tests Successful
Mobile TV tests using DVB-H in Hanover, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, started back in May have proved to be a great success.
Users were impressed by the excellent picture quality, good reception and the extensive range of programmes made available.
The project was launched for the football World Cup by the German mobile network operators E-Plus, O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone and all four operators are convinced that handsets based on DVB-H can be genuinely successful business.
They firmly believe that interactive entertainment and information-based services can provide a positive benefit as an educational and business tool.
To deploy the system across Germany a network infrastructure must be created and whilst the network operators have the money ready to invest, the stumbling block is the availability of suitable frequencies. Until regulatory authorities can guarantee that spectrum will be available Germany must wait for DVB-H services. Already Finland and Italy are going ahead with these new services and German operators wish to do the same.
Source: Cellular News
Item added: 29th August 2006