TE and BT to Develop Mobile TV Handsets

Release Date:2006-12-15  Author:ZTE  Click:

ZTE and BT are to jointly develop handsets for Mobile TV and DAB digital radio services. ZTE, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, and BT Movio, the wholesale mobile entertainment service of British Telecommunications plc, will deliver multi-mode 3G / digital audio broadcasting (DAB)-IP handsets, enabling mobile operators to deliver entertainment such as Mobile TV and DAB digital radio alongside existing 3G streamed services.

With this announcement, ZTE will become the first vendor in the world to support DAB-IP technology in its 3G handsets. The dual-mode 3G / DAB-IP handsets will enable mobile operators to reduce the cost of entry for new mobile TV and DAB digital radio services and easily cross-sell premium broadcast services to existing 3G subscribers.

"Handset choice is a key ingredient for the success of our wholesale mobile entertainment service proposition," said Emma Lloyd, managing director of BT Movio. "We are delighted to be working with ZTE, who are already establishing themselves as a 3G supplier in Europe, to bring additional handsets to the BT Movio device roadmap."

Mobile TV is expected to generate 210 million subscribers globally by 2011, with the standards fragmented between DAB, DVB-H and MediaFlo. The DAB technology has key advantages over rival mobile TV standards including both the extensive support of media companies already delivering DAB digital radio services and its immediate availability.


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