: Nokia welcomed the announcement by the European Telecommunications
Standards Institute (ETSI) that DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast - Handheld)
is to be adopted as the standard in Europe for mobile TV services.
DVB-H is a new technology that enables the simultaneous transmission
of multiple television, radio and video channels to mobile handheld
devices. It combines traditional broadcasting standards with specific
features for handheld devices. To receive DVB-H transmissions, handsets
require an additional integrated receiver. Nokia plans to bring a
commercial mobile TV handset with integrated DVB-H to market globally
"This announcement is an important step forward in making commercial
mobile TV services a reality," said Richard Sharp, Vice President,
Rich Media, Nokia. "DVB-H is a groundbreaking technology that
will facilitate the widespread adoption of mobile TV around the world.
We are delighted that ETSI has adopted the DVB-H standard for Europe
and started the trend for the global adoption of DVB-H."
Mobile TV presents a number of unique challenges, such as battery-powered
receivers and a variety of situations of use (e.g. indoor, outdoor,
pedestrian, inside moving vehicle). DVB-H provides the most efficient
way of carrying multimedia services over digital terrestrial broadcasting
networks to handheld terminals.
To overcome these challenges, DVB-H uses a variety of techniques including
time-slicing to reduce a device's average power consumption, cell
identifiers to support quicker signal scan and frequency handover
as well as methods to improve signal strength in the mobile environment.
The technical specification work has been done in the Digital Video
Broadcasting Project (DVB), which is an industry-led consortium committed
to designing global standards for the global delivery of digital television
and data services.
DVB-H technology is being piloted in the United States by Crown Castle
and Nokia. The pilot has started in October in the Pittsburgh, PA,
area and it aims to prove and test the feasibility of DVB-H technology
and related service systems in the United States.
ETSI is responsible for the standardization of information and communication
technologies within Europe. It is made up of manufacturers, network
operators, administrators, service providers, research bodies and
users. Their acceptance of DVB-H as the standard for mobile TV paves
the way for people to receive television-like content through a mobile