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QualComm MediaFlo Uses Harris Gear In Hong Kong Trials

Qualcomm’s MediaFLO mobile video system just took a step forward—in Hong Kong. Harris Corporation announced that Qualcomm will use Harris broadcast transmission equipment for its MediaFLO mobile TV trial there.

The initiative is in conjunction with PCCW Ltd., the large Hong Kong-based provider of communications services.

This represents the third international MediaFLO Mobile TV trial to use Harris transmitters to deliver multimedia content to mobile handsets. Previous trials that Harris supported include BSkyB in the U.K., and China Network Systems and Taiwan Television Enterprise in Taiwan.

FLO technology, a key component of the MediaFLO System, is an air interface system designed to increase capacity and coverage and reduce costs for multimedia content delivery to mobile handsets. The Hong Kong trial will use Harris Ranger FLO transmitters with Harris Apex FLO exciters, both of which address FLO air interface requirements for transmission.

“Qualcomm is pleased to work with Harris transmission equipment for the Hong Kong MediaFLO trial,” said Mike Coad, vice president of partner relations for Qualcomm MediaFLO Technologies. “We have an ongoing collaboration with Harris, illustrating our companies’ joint commitment to advancing mobile TV and strengthening the global MediaFLO ecosystem.”

The Harris Ranger FLO transmitter for Mobile TV is a low-power, air-cooled transmitter that builds upon the widely deployed Harris Ranger ATSC transmitter for terrestrial digital TV transmission in the United States.

“The recent activity in Mobile TV trials worldwide has generated a new sense of anticipation within the international wireless and broadcast communities as more live deployments appear imminent,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications.