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The Bridge Networks to launch year-long test of DVB-H

Sydney-based The Bridge Networks has announced it will conduct Australia's first trial distribution of multi-channel TV to mobile receivers using the Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H) standard.

The company has selected Harris to supply transmission equipment for the 12-month trial.

The test, which will be launched mid year, will use the Harris Atlas DTV660 line of transmitters which offers integrated network adapters for telecom networks and integrated DVB-T receivers for re-transmission applications. These benefits are further enhanced with DVB-H and hierarchical modulation capabilities.

The trial will cover most of Sydney. Telstra will be the sole telecommunications carrier involved in the trial, and will manage the customer relationship and provide some content. RFS will provide radio frequency combining products and services for the transmission of the DVB-H signal.

Up to 1000 Telstra customers will use the DVB-H-capable handsets to measure coverage, particularly within buildings.

DVB-H allows simultaneous transmission of multiple channels of television, radio, video, audio and IP data to a range of multi-media receivers, including mobile phones, PDAs, PCs and other handheld devices. It is part of the DVB-T standard currently used to deliver terrestrial television in Australia.

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