Pilot project to put TV into Finnish hands by fall 2004

A group of Finnish broadcasters and Finland’s national broadcast authority announced yesterday that they will work with cell phone maker Nokia on a pilot project next year to deliver commercial broadcasting to mobile devices.

The project, which will put TV mobile broadcasting services into the hands of 500 test participants in Helsinki next fall, is intended to give the broadcasters “statistically meaningful results,” of end-user acceptance of the service, a statement from the companies said.

Additionally, the project will support efforts to standardize mobile broadcasting and clarify regulatory and spectrum issues for Finland’s fourth digital multiplex.

This network would be reserved for mobile Internet Protocol Datacasting (IPDC) based on the emerging handheld DVB-H standard. DVB-H has broad industry support and seeks to offer consumers cost-effective mobile devices and broadcast services.

Nokia will provide IPDC terminal equipment to enable handheld devices to receive the broadcast signal.

Among the other companies participating in the project are Digita, MTV, Nelonen, Radiolinja, TeliaSonera Finland and YLE.

For more information, please visit: http://press.nokia.com/PR/200312/928228_5.html.

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