Samsung Electronics introduced a terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB) phone, the first that supports the European W-CDMA standard. The phone's official launch is scheduled for the second quarter before the World Cup finals begin in June in Germany. Samsung has already provided satellite and terrestrial DMB phones in Korea and has been actively cooperating with European operators over the introduction of mobile TV services for the 2006 World Cup.
At least the U.K. appears to be taking a technology-neutral approach when it comes to mobile TV standards in Europe. However, regulators' decision about spectrum allocation will be a determining factor in which of the formats--DVB-H (backed by Nokia and other European vendors) or DMB--becomes the industry standard. DMB has been approved by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and both are being tested along with DVB-H in the U.K.
To read more about Samsung's DMB phone:
- read this article from EE Times