3GSM WORLD CONGRESS – BARCELONA. The congress in Barcelona is live on the air through mobile TV. A DVB-H mobile TV network, operated by Abertis Telecom and provided by technology company SIDSA, covers the Congress distributing up to 10 mobile TV channels.
Ten mobile TV channels are available through DVB-H-equipped mobile phones, thanks to SIDSA’s Polar Plus platform, the smallest and most interoperable DVB-H platform in the world. Among them, the Spanish commercial channels Cuatro, La Sexta, and Antena 3, 40 Latinos (music), MTV, CNBC, 3GSM TV, Furia and CNN. All of them will be free-to-air, except CNN which will be encrypted using KeyFly Mobile’s technology by SIDSA.
The aim of the demonstration platform is to show interoperability among the different DVB-H enabled devices that are going to be shown during the 3GSM Congress and to make clear that DVB-H mobile TV transmissions are currently a reality. This experience comes at a time when Italy has recently seen the successful roll-out of two DVB-H services and when other countries, such as Finland, Germany, the Russian Federation and the US, are preparing for the launch of DVB-H commercial services.
The Spanish company already operated a mobile TV platform at IBC’06 and at Russian CSTB’07 last week, distributing five TV channels. SIDSA’s Polar Plus platform will start commercial operations in the Russian Federation from April, with the launch of 15 mobile TV channels in the region of Sverdlovsk.