Turin DVB-SH trial a success

The first extensive DVB-SH trial launched in Turin has been declared a success by the four main participants, the public broadcaster RAI, mobile operator 3 Italia, Alcatel-Lucent and Eutelsat.
Initial results from the trial have demonstrated the high reception performances of the new technology for mobile TV on commercial terminals.
When fully integrated the DVB-SH mobile solution will capture mobile TV signals both from satellite and terrestrial networks.
The trial was overseen by the RAI Research & Innovation Centre with 3 Italia and Alcatel-Lucent providing the DVB-SH transmission equipment, network integration and technical support.
Eutelsat provided the satellite capacity for content distribution, as well as uplink facilities.
The first phase of this trial confirmed the capability of DVB-SH technology to integrate terrestrial broadcast networks with 3G mobile networks and to make available a large number of high-quality mobile TV channels, under various usage conditions.
The second phase of the trial, will take place after the successful launch of Eutelsat’s W2A satellite in March 2009.
W2A will carry an S-band payload managed by Solaris Mobile (a joint venture of Eutelsat and SES Astra), with full DVB-SH capabilities enabling the integration of the satellite and terrestrial network infrastructure in a real business situation.
A sample panel of users with commercial DVB-SH handsets and in-car devices will become part of the first large-scale demonstration of DVB-SH mobile broadcasting in Europe. Furthermore, high and very-high power DVB-SH terrestrial transmission equipment will be added to the network.
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added 23rd February 2009