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Nokia projects new mobile TV networks by mid-2006

Nokia expects mobile TV networks using its standard to be up and running by the middle of next year, allowing people to watch live TV broadcasts on their cell phones, Reuters reported.

The Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H) system is being tested in about 40 pilots worldwide. Networks are expected to go live in the first half of 2006.

Nokia plans to make the technology a regular feature on its multimedia mobile services, allowing users to watch broadcasters’ programs directly rather than be rebroadcast by the telcos.

Nokia expects Switzerland, Indonesia, Thailand, Germany and Russia to be among the first to set up mobile TV networks using DVB-H.

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