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The movable digital television test in Spain

500 people distributed between Madrid and Barcelona will have the privilege of being first that prove the digital television in the moving body in Spain in a pilot experience of Nokia, Abertis Movable Telecom and Telefónica

These companies will demonstrate that the cellular terminals are already something more than apparatuses to speak and that they are going to become authentic signal receivers of television shortly.

The Ministry of Industry announced that there was authorized to diverse operators the accomplishment of the first experiences of terrestrial digital television in mobility based on the technology Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H), and that had provided them provisionally the necessary frequencies. Few minutes later he knew myself that of Nokia moving bodies infrastructure Telephone the movable supplier and, the manufacturer branch of Abertis diffusion will be the one who release the new service, although still is in pilot phase.

The first laboratory of the future movable television (the one of Nokia, Móviles and Abertis), will take east month with some technical trialses. Later, the pilot service will be sent in September and it will extend until the 28 of February of 2006, to make it agree with the end of the congress of movable telephony 3GSM World Congress, that in the next edition will be celebrated in Barcelona. To the project the main national chains of television are added, the 3 TVE, Sogecable, Antenna and Telecinco, besides two autonomic ones, TV3 and Telemadrid.

The precommercial tests will take control of the terminal Nokia 7710, that goes provided of a special accessory to receive the television signal. “The initiative will serve to verify the viability of technology DVB-H, to try proposals of new services of television in the moving body, to know the experience and the interest of the users and to evaluate the business opportunities”, indicates in an official notice the three pioneering companies.

Adjusting to the convergence of the movable communications and the diffusion of television, the telephone-television counts on a tactile panoramic display to color and a reproducer of sound stere that will allow the users to undergo new interactive services while they watch and to accede to the services associated to the programs in the moving body.

Another objective of the project will be to realize field tests of the covers of exteriors and interiors that are obtained with this technology and to determine which is the best topology and technical parameters for the viability of the service. In this pilot, Telephone it will be the one who provides the service and he is in charge of his invoicing; Abertis, proprietor of Retevisión, will contribute its capacity for the distribution of the signal; Nokia will provide the terminals and a platform of management of the service and the mentioned broadcasters will contribute the contents.

Terminals with signal receiver

Technology DVB-H is the adaptation of the norm of digital television terrestrial DVB-T for movable devices. It is the standard proposed by European organism DVB Project.

Numerous countries have carried out tests of movable digital television. Only Nokia develops pilots in Finland, the United Kingdom and the USA. France and Portugal have their own experiences and Japan, Korea and China are being especially active, but using technologies different from the European.

In order to give the new movable terminal service they make lack equipped with radio receivers to receive the television signal. Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Siemens have prototypes.

(Five Days, 06-07-05)

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