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mobile3.0.jpgGerman platform operator Mobile 3.0 launched its mobile TV package in DVB-H technology in Germany on June 1. 

As part of a current test operation, the service can be received in Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Hanover, with further cities to follow. The bouquet comprises nine television and three radio stations: Public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, the planned regional channel Deutschland 24 and three multimedia radio stations bigMUSIC, MyFun Radio and 90elf are transmitted free-to-air. Commercial TV channels RTL, Sat.1, ProSieben, VOX, n-tv and N24 are encrypted. The capacity offers space for a further five TV channels.

During the pilot, Mobile 3.0 wants to test reception, technology, encryption and real-time operation. “With mobile TV we want to bring a technically mature and content-wise highly attractive product to the market,” said Mobile 3.0 president Rudi Gröger in Munich. During the test phase two mobile phone models from Nokia and Samsung will be trialed. Regular operation will commence as soon as the company has received all licences necessary for a nationwide offer from the regional states’ local media authorities. “By the end of this year we want to offer real mobile television in all large German cities. Prerequisite to this is the granting of the outstanding licences as soon as possible, as only then can we activate the extensive investments necessary,” explained Gröger.

Mobile 3.0’s partners for technical realisation are technical service provider Media Broadcast, which develops and operates the transmitter network, and electronics company Nokia Siemens Networks, which has created the head-end in which all technical processes preceding the transmission of the channels are bundled, coordinated and performed. Mobile 3.0 is backed by South African media and technology company Naspers, German publishing houses Burda and Holtzbrinck and media managers Christiane zu Salm, Paulus Neef and Bernd Curanz.