Hungarian players trial mobile TV

Vodafone, T-Mobile and broadcaster Antenna Hungaria are testing mobile TV services in Hungary based on the DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld) standard. The Hungarian telecom authority NHH is planning to issue mobile TV licenses in the spring of this year. Nokia Siemens Networks will be supplying the DVB-H platform for the trials which are expected to be completed by the end of January. The Nokia Siemens platform is connected to the broadcasting network of Antenna Hungaria and to the networks of the mobile operators involved in the project.

Two handsets, the Nokia N92 and Nokia N77, are being used in the tests, which will utilise programmes approved by the National Radio and Television Commission (ORTT) and the content providers. Eleven channels will be available in the test, including news, sports and music channels. In addition to television programs, interactive services will also be tested in the trial.

In the "friendly user test" to follow the technical test, the selected 200 to 300 users can watch the television content, enabling operators to obtain valuable information on actual demands, expected consumption patterns and coverage conditions. The data obtained will help fine-tune the business model and identify the commercial services to be launched in the future.

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