ICO, Clearwire hold mobile video trial

ICO Global Communications and Clearwire have signed a joint agreement to collaborate on one of the industry's first mobile video trials.


The collaborative effort is at the forefront of the intersection between two-way wireless broadband and satellite connectivity, and will focus on increasing the value and cost effectiveness of delivering an advanced interactive mobile video service to consumers.


Apart from testing mobile video broadcast, the trial will also examine the feasibility of utilizing Clearwire's 2.5GHz spectrum and ICO's 2.0GHz spectrum more efficiently.


The ICO trial with Clearwire is expected to begin in early 2008 inRaleigh, N.C., and ICO is also planning a similar trial in Las Vegas, Nev.


For the trial, ICO will integrate its Mobile Interactive Media (MIM) suite of services with the Clearwire broadband network. The ICO MIM will provide multiple channels of high-quality mobile video to large-screen user devices.


Alcatel-Lucent will supply the system architecture and design based on the mobile multimedia DVB-SH open standard, while Hughes Network Systems will provide the device and the interactive elements based on the proven GMR standard.