Dish to test DVB-SH in the US

Dish Network and Alcatel-Lucent announced that Dish Network will test the DVB-SH mobile broadcast technology in the US.

The DVB-SH equipment, test tools and training will be provided by Alcatel-Lucent. This evaluation will take place in DISH Network's laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia, from May to August 2008, to validate the performance and cost of using the DVB-SH standard.

DVB-SH is an evolution of DVB-H for mobile handsets. It can be used in any frequency spectrum below 3GHz, including UHF, L band and S band, and in terrestrial, satellite or hybrid networks. The DVB-SH waveform definition was published by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in March 2008.

'As is our history, Dish Network continues to explore new, cutting-edge technology for consumer applications,' said Nolan Daines, the company's senior vice president of Strategic Initiatives. He added, 'Considering the global momentum of DVB-SH, we decided that performing a critical analysis of this new open standard was the right thing to do for DISH Network. We look forward to working in tandem with Alcatel-Lucent during this testing phase.'