The DVB Steering Board has given its approval to the DVB-SH (Satellite services to handhelds) specification. DVB-SH was developed by the DVB Technical Module’s TM-SSP working group. It is designed to deliver content and data to handheld terminals, such as mobile phones and PDAs. When a satellite signal is unavailable, terrestrial gap fillers take up the slack. The Steering Board approved two specific documents: a waveform specification and a description of the system.
DVB-SH has been designed for use on frequencies below 3GHz, typically in the S-band, where spare capacity is available in much of Europe. Alcatel-Lucent has been a leading proponent of the technology and has given a number of demonstrations, most recently at the 3GSM congress in Barcelona. (JC)