Sunday, September 9, 2007

ICO and Clearwire to Conduct Mobile Video Trial

ICO Global Communications, which is developing an advanced hybrid system, combining both satellite and terrestrial communications, and Clearwire agreed to collaborate on a mobile video trial.

In addition to testing mobile video broadcast, the trial will also examine the feasibility of utilizing Clearwire's 2.5 GHz spectrum and ICO's 2.0 GHz spectrum more efficiently. The ICO trial with Clearwire is expected to begin in early 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and ICO is also planning a similar trial in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For the trial, ICO will integrate its Mobile Interactive Media (MIM) suite of services with the Clearwire broadband network. ICO MIM is a converged mobile media service which delivers consumer entertainment and communications services, all based on ICO's next-generation satellite and terrestrial wireless communication capabilities.

For the trial, ICO MIM will provide multiple channels of high-quality mobile video to large-screen user devices. Alcatel-Lucent has been chosen to supply the system architecture and design based on mobile multimedia DVB-SH open standard, and Hughes Network Systems has been tapped to provide the device as well as the interactive elements based upon the proven GMR standard.


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