Telecom Italia Mobile moves from trials to commercial service roll out

Thomson has signed a contract with Telecom Italia that will allow the operator to move immediately to a commercial launch of content to mobile devices using equipment from Grass Valley.

Following the successful trial of the concept at the Winter Olympics, Telecom Italia completed an agreement with Grass Valley for the delivery and systems management technology for full commercial roll out of its mobile offering.

The new service went on air in June 2006, broadcasting a number of channels from Telecom Italia, as well as coverage of Series A and Champions League football.

As prime contractor for the project, Grass Valley provided the complete head-end with Argos scrambling H.264 encoders, Opal DVB-H encapsulators and a Lazulite network management system.

The SmartVision Mobility platform manages the electronic service guide, conditional access and content and interactive services, and a SmartCast Mobility platform provides overall system management. A Grass Valley Cobalt DVB-H data analyzer is used to check signal parameters.

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