SPOTLIGHT: Orange goes for mobile TV licences

France Telecom's Orange mobile has announced its intention of applying for two of the sixteen mobile TV licences which will be issued by the French authorities in April of this year. If the bid is successful Orange plans to produce its own content for the two channels, one of which will be focused on sport and the other on the 18-35 age group. Successful licencees will be obliged to utilise the DVB-H technology. Orange already offers mobile TV to more than six million of its customers using EDGE and 3G technology. France's second largest mobile operator SFR is not intending to bid for the mobile TV licences. It already operates a mobile TV service over its 3G network which has built up a customer base of around 350,000. Article

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