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Nokia, Motorola shake hands on DVB-H interoperability

Posted: 13 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Rivals Nokia and Motorola have shaken hands on a deal to cooperate on efforts to achieve interoperability with Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H) enabled mobile devices and network services.

The companies announced early this week at the IBC exhibition in Amsterdam that they would support open DVB-IPDC standards. These are available to operator partners interested in deploying multi-vendor mobile TV services and trials in 2006 and onward.

Both companies already work together in other standards organizations focusing on mobile TV, such as the Mobile DTV Alliance, to speed deployment of the technology, which they and many others expect to be a major revenue earner from 2008 onwards.

Earlier this year, at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia said it was working on interoperability of DVB-H enabled devices with another rival, Sony Ericsson. They also reiterated the work would significantly boost the prospects for mobile TV.

Harri Mannisto, Director, Multimedia Experiences at Nokia, noted that commercial mobile TV services were on the verge of launching in several markets across the world. "In order for mobile TV to be a true success, we need interoperable mobile devices and systems which deliver the best experience for consumers."

DVB-H is competing against other formats, such as DMB and the Qualcomm developed MediaFlo. According to market research group Informa, over 50 million DVB-H enabled mobile handsets will be sold by 2010.

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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