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23 June 2010

Trials to start on new mobile TV standard

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Three mobile phone network operators have joined forces to try out a new broadcast technology that will allow users to watch live TV shows on their mobile phones without overloading the networks.

Orange, Vodafone and O2 will embark on the three-month trial in October in West London and Slough, entertainment website Digital Spy reported.

The trial will use the new Integrated Mobile Broadcast (IMB) technology recently backed by international mobile industry body the GSMA.

It will look at ways to use 1MB in the 3G spectrum called the Time Division Duplex (TDD) and which is included in the 3G licences already owned by the three operators.

The trial will be used to find out if the technology is capable of delivering live video streams.

Demand is likely to be there. As Digital Spy pointed out, mobiles account for five per cent of BBC iPlayer usage.

"Network capability is key for mobile TV roll-out,” said Orange head of networks, carriers, research and development Thierry Bonhomme.

At 02, head of new business development Gavin Franks said: “We believe the road is clear for IMB…we anticipate being able to offer our consumers through our networks a range of innovative new broadcast services such as mobile TV and intelligent broadcasting.”