Nokia joins Taiwanese companies to test TV on mobile phones

Nokia, in conjunction with media firms and telecom operators in Taiwan, is to promote a digital TV and radio service for mobile users and handheld devices. Partners in the alliance include Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd., Taiwan’s largest phone company, compact disc maker CMC Magnetics Corp., which is diversifying into the digital content, and some local TV and radio stations. The development is the first such initiative in Asia, where a pilot service in Taiwan will begin in mid-2005 after a successful recent test was done in Helsinki using Nokia phones equipped with a special antenna. “The handset penetration rate in Taiwan is over 100 per cent and the island just started broadcasting digital TV last year, so it’s a good time to develop mobile TV,” said Nokia.
From Shveta Malik in New Delhi