The Austrian communications authority KommmAustria has awarded the licence to set up an DVB-H network in the country to Media Broadcast. Mobile TV services should start on June 1 of this year in the cities where matches of the Euro 2008 Football Championships will be played, namely Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Salzburg and Vienna.
Media Broadcast plans to offer 15 mobile TV channels and four radio stations. Since January this year Media Broadcast has been a subsidiary of TDF, which bought the company from Germany’s T0-Systems. The company has agreements in place with mobile operators One and 3 Austria to market the mobile TV service.
The losing applicants are ORS, the facilities company owned by public broadcaster ORF and Mobile TV Infrastruktur, a consortium between three Austrian publishers Tiroler Moser Holding, Vorarlberger Medienhaus and Styria Medien.