Germany approves plan for TV on phones

17th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 September 2007, Berlin (AFP) - German anti-monopoly authorities on Friday approved plans by mobile phone operators T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone to create a joint technical platform to bring television to mobile phones.

17 September 2007

Berlin (AFP) - German anti-monopoly authorities on Friday approved plans by mobile phone operators T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone to create a joint technical platform to bring television to mobile phones.

The three operators will work to develop broadcasts on the new European norm DVB-H, or Digital Video Broadcasting for Handhelds, the authorities said in a statement.

They could also buy programmes together, although they would be marketed separately.

While the agreement would limit the amount of competition between operators, they are obliged to respect a number of norms so that customers can choose freely between the operators.

The European Commission said in July it would include the DVB-H technology on its list of standards in order to encourage its use as a single standard across Europe.

AFP

Subject: German news

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