Mobile phone firms to develop new high-speed standard for video

Leading wireless carriers and telecoms equipment makers have agreed to develop an advanced mobile phone standard capable of sending high-resolution video in an instant, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo announced last week.

A group of 26 companies, including Britain’s Vodafone Group Plc, Germany’s Siemens AG, France’s Alcatel and Japan’s NEC and DoCoMo, will support the standard.

Mobile phone services based on the technology will offer transmission speeds more than 10 times as fast as the current third-generation service, DoCoMo said.

The unified standard is expected to create demand for cellphones with a large liquid crystal displays for playing games and watching movies, and to help handset makers cut costs through mass production.

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