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Nokia, VTC to launch DVB-H mobile TV service in Vietnam

Posted: 12 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Nokia and Vietnam Multimedia Corp.? VTC? mobile TV? DVB-H?

Nokia and Vietnam Multimedia Corp. (VTC) announced a jointly-inked deal to launch commercial mobile broadcast TV services based on Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H) technology in two key Vietnamese cities by end-2006.

Under the agreement, both Nokia and VTC are committed to jointly propel the consumer adoption of mobile entertainment services in Vietnam. After taking mobile TV services commercial in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in 2006, VTC plans to extend the coverage to a national level over a two-year period.

The agreement is Nokia's first commercial mobile TV service rollout in the Asia Pacific region and among the first of its commercial rollouts globally. Nokia is currently spearheading several trials in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America countries.

VTC, Vietnam's leading national broadcaster and operator in digital broadcasting, will make available its mobile PayTV services to consumer subscribers in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City by end-2006. Consumers in both cities will be able to enjoy seven digital TV channels as well as a video-on-demand service from a catalog of selected titles offered by VTC. The service is available on Nokia's N Series DVB-H enabled multimedia devices, delivered by the Nokia N92 which will make its debut in Vietnam for this purpose.

Le Doan Quan, director of VTC Mobile TV Co., said, "The open technology platform solution provided by Nokia resonates with VTC's vision of increasing choice and participation for consumers and other technology providers. Nokia implementation uses the OMA DRM approach for services and content delivery protection thus enabling many additional possibilities such as delivery of ringtones, logos, music, videoclips, games and large file applications, in addition to the ordinary TV programs. This equips VTC with a cost-effective and future-proof platform for driving the development of the vibrant multimedia ecosystem in Vietnam."

"We are delighted to be part of this great development in Vietnam. This marks the beginning of exciting times in the Asia Pacific broadcasting industry, bringing digital television to consumers' pockets and ushering in a new era of personal interactive entertainment. The Nokia N92 multimedia computer will be a key element of this consumer offering, and we look forward to the continuing development of mobile TV services in the region," Jawahar Kanjilal, director, experiences, Nokia multimedia Asia Pacific.




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