A DVB-H trial being currently undertaken in Moscow will become more accessible from the beginning of April and shortly be launched commercially.
The news was given by Andrei Chernikov, the director of the VimpelCom subsidiary Dominanta, in an interview with Telemultimedia quoted by AKTR. According to Chernikov, the reception equipment currently required for the service – Samsung P960, costing R9,900 (€249) – will be expanded to around five devices.
He also confirmed that once up and running commercially, the DVB-H service would expect to break even within five years.
Chernikov in addition said that the most popular channels in the trial have proved to be ones offering news and music and that in his view there is no particular need to create special continent for the DVB-H service.
Significantly, he also said he was of the view that Moscow could at most support two DVB-H operations.