Feeds

3G broadcast trials leave T-Mobile in the cold

Bristol sees the future of 3G TV

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Twelve cell sites in Bristol will be used to trial Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (MBMS) over the next three months, with Vodafone, Orange, and 3UK all taking an active role in evaluating the technology along with Telefonica (owner of O2).

MobiTV Inc will be providing the content and client application, while IPWireless will manage the infrastructure and site integration.

MBMS is broadcasting over a 3G network, allowing networks to send out TV signals or similar to all its subscribers without building a new transmission network or licensing more frequencies.

The alternatives include DVB-H and TV over DAB. The former has been championed by Nokia, but requires massive infrastructure that someone will have to pay for. TV over DAB has been launched by Virgin in the UK, but suffers from a lack of bandwidth and other technical limitations that make it a less than ideal carrier.

The availability of new frequencies next year, and the eventual switch off of analogue TV, have been suggested as routes to mobile TV, but MBMS has long been the preferred technology for networks keen to cash in on the money they paid for 3G licenses.

The fact that no additional towers or masts will be needed isn't the only attraction for the network operators. By encouraging handset manufacturers to make MBMS-compatible phones they can keep customers tied in to their networks and continue to try and claw back some of their initial investment. After all, they haven't got that long left. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The Heartbleed Bug: how to protect your business with Symantec
What happens when the next Heartbleed (or worse) comes along, and what can you do to weather another chapter in an all-too-familiar string of debilitating attacks?