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MCOT deploys digital mobile TV.

BANGKOK - MCOT (Mass Communication Organization of Thailand) has entered a joint venture with IT company International Engineering (IEC), to develop and provide a commercial digital mobile-TV service. MCOT will provide the signals, while IEC will take charge of marketing and broadcast engineering services for the Bangkok metropolitan and outlaying areas.

MCOT has been testing digital broadcast systems serving mobile phones based on DVB-H technology since 2007, revealed MCOT president Tanawat Wansom.

The commercial digital mobile-TV service will use the existing UHF-58 channel covering both mobile phones and automobile equipment and will not involve mobile-phone operators. It will transmit directly to users, Tanawat added.

Six channels, from a potential 14, will be available for service free of charge at the initial stage, while additional services will be charged in the future. For programmes on digital mobile TV, reports said, MCOT and its partners may produce these. Tanawat reportedly said that as MCOT will provide its own band-width, the project is expected to cost around 100 million baht (US$3.31 million).
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Title Annotation:NEWS & VIEWS
Publication:APB Magazine
Date:Jan 1, 2011
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