Following media reports that the German mobile TV operator Mobile 3.0 wants to hand back its licence, the media authorities are now demanding ‘a signal’ from the company on its intentions. Thomas Langheinrich, chairman of the DLM, the joint committee of chairmen of the various state media authorities, wrote a letter to the operator, demanding clarification.
“Until now, important contracts with regards to the building of the network and the marketing of DVB-H hand sets are not in place,” he wrote. “It is time for a signal from Mobile 3.0 if the DVB-H platform has a chance of being realised. If the press reports from the past few weeks, about an alleged exit from the pilot, have any truth, that has to be explained clearly.”
UPDATE. German mobile operators T-Mobile and Vodafone are not interested in obtaining a DVB-H license should Mobile 3.0 hand in theirs, according to the Kontakter news service. Both companies seem to believe mobile TV can best be served by DVB-T and their own UMTS networks.