Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Orange to Trial IPWireless' TDtv Technology

Orange will be the first UMTS operator globally to test IPWireless' recently announced TDtv technology, a mobile TV and multimedia solution based on the 3GPP Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Services (MBMS) standard. Orange will launch this technical trial in the UK in its unpaired 3G spectrum, starting mid-2006.

TDtv operates in the universal unpaired 3G spectrum bands that are available across Europe and Asia at 1900MHz and 2010MHz. It allows UMTS operators like Orange to utilize their existing spectrum and base stations to offer mobile TV and multimedia packages without impacting other voice and data 3G services.

IPWireless said its TDtv will allow mobile operators to deliver up to 50 channels of TV for standard cell phone screens, or 17 higher quality QVGA channels, in 5MHz of unpaired 1.9GHz spectrum. Unlike current unicast mobile TV services which take additional network bandwidth for every subscriber, TDtv leverages MBMS to allow an unlimited number of customers to watch the same channel or use the same network bandwidth. With TDtv, Orange would also be able to deliver digital audio, multicast, or other IP data cast services to enhance their service offerings.


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