Saturday, July 15, 2006

Guangdong T-DMB First in China for Mobile TV

Guangzhou -- China is thought to be the second country to implement digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB)technology outside of Korea. The country's first system is currently being supplied and installed by Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) as a dual-channel mobile TV service to Guangdong Province to be operated by Guangdong Mobile Television Media Co. Ltd (GMTM).

The 42 separate antennae system arrays are being implemented in three stages by mid-2007.

The first stage of eight antenna arrays were ready in May in time for the World Cup 2006 from Germany. They were installed in the major centers of Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

Stage two will be ready by the end of 2006 adding a further 13 antenna systems. The third stage will complete the project with a further 21 systems by mid-2007.

Designed, installed and commissioned by RFS, the broadband antenna systems allows the transmission of two Band III VHF channels, delivering mobile TV to the handsets of both urban and rural citizens.

RFS says when completed, the Guangdong T-DMB will be the largest commercial mobile television network in the world to-date, and predicted to attract over three million viewers.

It is worthwhile noting that the Chinese government has yet to announce a national terrestrial digital transmission standard. It has to do so before the Beijing Summer Olympics 2008 as it has promised the world coverage will be all in HDTV. The odds are shortening on the country adopting the European DVB standard or a hybrid version. An announcement is expected any time.

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