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The journey towards a free wireless world.

MBMS Gets a Boost

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Mobile Multimedia Broadcast Service (MBMS) is one of the many competing technologies for Mobile TV. Its biggest advantage is that it can be used over existing 3G spectrum and does not need big changes to the network or the handset. DVB-H, the other popular Mobile TV technology requires new chipsets in the handsets and uses a new spectrum. It also gives less control to the operator regarding the content. And this seems to be worrying Telstra going by the reports.

After a high profile trial of DVB-H, it is having second thoughts. Its now going in for an evaluation of MBMS which can be used over its exsiting 3G deployment and will not need to supply users with new handsets. The reasons being cited are cost of network equipment, expensive handsets, control over content and the spectrum issues. Given that DVB-H right now has the momentum this seems to be a mysterious deceision.

Its not a done deal yet. Whatever happens will have ramifications for both Mobile TV and DVB-H!

Technorati Tags: Telstra, MBMS, DVB-H, Mobile TV.
posted by Rajiv, 5:08 AM


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