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Nokia Siemens Networks today announced that Luca Maestri is to join the Company as Chief Financial Officer and Michael Matthews is to join as Head of Strategy and Business Development as the Company prepares to move beyond its integration phase. In addition to their functional roles, both will be members of the Nokia Siemens Networks Executive Board.
Maestri joins from General Motors, where he most recently held the position of Chief Financial Officer, General Motors Europe, Europe’s fastest-growing automotive group in 2007. Prior to this role, Maestri served as CFO of GM’s Mercosur operations, where he helped execute a successful turnaround of the business, leading to strong revenue and profit growth, improvement in cash flow, and a strengthened balance sheet. Maestri has also held senior positions in GM operations in the United States, Brazil, Thailand, Italy and Singapore. 
Maestri will join Nokia Siemens Networks on 1 October 2008, and will formally assume the Chief Financial Officer role on 1 November 2008. Eric Simonsen, the outgoing CFO, will start his retirement in December 2008, following the two-month transition and hand-over period. 
“Eric came on board as an integration and restructuring specialist following our merger in April 2007 and his expertise and wisdom have been instrumental in the execution of a successful merger process in very tough circumstances. Nokia Siemens Networks is a stronger company as a result of his contributions,” said Simon Beresford-Wylie, Chief Executive Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. “He has paved the way for Luca to play a key role in our continued transformation into a world-class company.” 
Matthews joins with a strong background in telecommunications, software, technology and innovation. He was Chief Marketing Officer at Amdocs Inc, the leading provider of software and services for many of the world’s largest communications service providers. During his 5 years at Amdocs, Matthews played a key role in leading the transformation of the company; addressing new markets, expanding the product line, and evolving the channel to address the rapidly changing needs of the telecom industry. Matthews also brings broad experience across the technology industry, having held senior positions at hardware and software companies and in both start-up and multinational companies. 
“Luca and Michael bring the rights skills, experience and values to help complete our integration work at Nokia Siemens Networks and take the Company to the next level,” said Beresford-Wylie. Maestri and Matthews will report to Beresford-Wylie. 
Pekka Soini, the current Head of Strategy and Business Development, will assume a new role heading the Corporate Development Office, with responsibility for quality, process development and information technology. All of these areas are essential to a successful conclusion of the Nokia Siemens Networks integration work and to building the Company’s competitive advantage as a globally integrated enterprise. Soini will remain a member of the Nokia Siemens Networks Executive Board and will also serve as the Executive Sponsor for the North American region, working closely with region head Susan Spradley and her leadership team.

CSR, a global provider of wireless technologies, and Rx Networks, a private mobile positioning technology and global services company, today announced a GPS solution that combines their respective eGPS(R) (enhanced Global Positioning System) and GPStream technologies. The joint solution optimally combines GPS fine time and frequency aiding with synthetic assistance, to yield mobile positioning performance that exceeds standard Assisted-GPS in unsynchronised GSM and W-CDMA networks, or in synchronised CDMA networks.

With the partnership, fine time, frequency aiding and ephemeris assistance are all generated locally in the device, and available at all times without the need for real time communication with a server. This eliminates up to 15 seconds of network latency in mobile handset applications while remaining fully compliant with A-GPS industry standards such as SUPL 1.0.

Both CSR and Rx Networks operate carrier-grade service delivery infrastructures, through which Rx Networks' GPStream extended ephemeris technologies may be delivered.  GPStream PGPS and SAGPS produce continuous satellite predictions while eGPS provides a locally generated source of fine time and frequency aiding.  Together these technologies significantly reduce time-to-fix and increase GPS sensitivity. This helps maintain optimal GPS performance, even outside of network coverage when time to fix is paramount.  As a result of this partnership, CSR and Rx Networks now offer OEM customers the lowest cost and most resilient GPS solution for Personal Navigation Devices (PND's) and mobile handsets that yield the longest battery life and the fastest, near-ubiquitous performance.

"CSR's eGPS is an important development in deeper thus more ubiquitous mobile GPS assistance, and eGPS will flourish as multiple complementary companies support eGPS.  We are happy to join the eGPS ecosystem which already includes some of our existing customers, partners and prospects," said Richard Lee, EVP Business Development of Rx Networks.

"Rx Networks' GPStream products and technology are a perfect complement to CSR's location portfolio, and provide an important element for assisting our GPS silicon and eGPS software products," said Stuart Strickland VP for CSR's LBS Business Unit.

Alcatel-Lucent has signed a turnkey equipment and services contract with 3 Italia, a 3G mobile operator in Italy and the first DVB-H mobile TV operator in the world, to expand and optimize its broadcast mobile TV network throughout Italy.

Alcatel-Lucent's solution for 3 Italia, based on its DVB-H terrestrial transmitters, its remote monitoring system and including network integration services, will enable 3 Italia to increase the indoor and outdoor coverage of its broadcast Mobile TV network, while optimizing network efficiency for enhanced mobile TV service delivery. As a result, 3 Italia's subscribers will enjoy attractive television programs - such as football matches, movies, music and reality shows - with an improved mobility and service continuity, says Al-Lu.

Alcatel-Lucent will extend and increase the density of 3 Italia's DVB-H terrestrial transmitters network across Italy, enabling 3 Italia to offer broadcast mobile TV services to its 8.45 million UMTS customers. The company also claims that the seamless integration of Alcatel-Lucent's mobile TV terrestrial transmitters into 3 Italia's existing mobile sites, as well as new sites, and a new powerful remote monitoring system, enables 3 Italia to protect its previous investments, while achieving significant savings in capital and operational expenditures.

"As end-users increasingly demand enhanced entertainment services that are on the move, operators need to transform their network while protecting their investment. By enabling 3 Italia, which is the first DVB-H mobile TV operator in the world, to expand and optimize its existing DVB-H network in Italy, Alcatel-Lucent is delivering upon its commitment to accelerate the advent of mobile TV for the mass market, whichever the mobile broadcast technology," said Pierre Barnabé, President of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in France, Iberia & Italy. "This new contract confirms Alcatel-Lucent's ability to offer and integrate innovative and future-poof wireless network solutions that can support a broad range of blended service applications including mobile TV services."

The Alcatel-Lucent solution for 3 Italia is based on its 9600 DTH, future-proof multi-standard digital terrestrial transmitter that can deliver DVB-T and DVB-H broadcast solutions, as well as a evolution to DVB-SH. The transmitters have been designed and optimized according to the specific requirements of mobile operators and can easily be integrated into their mobile sites. Alcatel-Lucent's solution also includes its remote monitoring system, as well as professional services such as network integration, project management, installation and commissioning, and repair and maintenance.

SurfKitchen, a provider of On-Device Portal (ODP) applications, has announced that its SurfKit Phonetop product suite is available on BREW and RIM BlackBerry platforms. SurfKit Phonetop product suite is now available on feature and smart phones across Symbian Series 60 and UIQ, Microsoft Mobile 5&6, Java J2ME MIDP2 and now BREW 3.1.15 and RIM BlackBerry platforms.

According to SurfKitchen, to drive the growth of mobile data services across a broadening range of devices, carriers are seeking to offer a personalized, consistent and intuitive user experience. SurfKit Phonetop is claimed to enable this by providing a single, branded and visually engaging experience that can be deployed across a broad range of feature and smart phones. This consistency allows carriers to build consumer confidence in accessing and consuming data services, while vastly simplifying service creation through a standard platform for application development, says the company.

"There are over 3 billion mobile subscribers in the world", said Michel Quazza, chief executive officer, SurfKitchen. "To significantly increase data ARPU, carriers need to be able to offer an enhanced and personalized user experience not only on high end devices, but across their entire device portfolio. This is why SurfKitchen is focused on cross-platform reach and with BREW and RIM, we now support more device platforms than any other ODP vendor." 

Ericsson has been selected as sole supplier to supply and operate a complete GSM mobile network for Cable&Wireless Europe, Asia and US as it launches its new Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) services in the UK. As Cable &Wireless' exclusive managed services partner, Ericsson will also be responsible for running the network for five years.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will supply a complete core and radio-access network, based on small and low-power GSM base stations. The solution is designed to provide indoor fixed and mobile coverage for enterprise users, and allows for seamless roaming between the Cable &Wireless GSM solution and national roaming partners when moving outdoors. Network connectivity is provided by connecting the GSM base stations directly to existing enterprise data networks, using IP network solutions provided by Cable &Wireless. Ericsson will also supply a service-layer network with solutions for service provisioning, SMS and voicemail to enable Cable &Wireless to launch complete FMC services to its customers.

Cable&Wireless has announced Tesco as its first corporate customer for its new FMC service.  FMC will enable Tesco staff to use one mobile handset for all calls, switching between mobile and fixed line calls seamlessly.

In addition to operating and managing the GSM network for five years, Ericsson will provide Cable&Wireless with a wide range of professional services, including design and systems integration.

Jim Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, Cable&Wireless Europe, Asia and the US, says: "Ericsson's proven expertise in mobile technologies and network operations will provide us with a high-performance, quality solution to control operating costs and enable us to bring compelling services for our customers, such as FMC, to market." 

Jacqueline Hey, President of Ericsson UK, says: "This agreement establishes an exciting position for Cable&Wireless and will provide its customers with innovative and attractive solutions. The deal also reflects the close strategic partnership between Cable&Wireless and Ericsson, and we are proud to be selected as the supplier for this network and managed services contract."

DragonWave, a global supplier of next-generation point to point microwave radio systems, has announced that Altitude Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Altitude Group, has selected DragonWave products to provide high capacity Ethernet backhaul as part of its rollout of WiMAX broadband services across France.

Altitude has helped WiMAX service introduction in France, and its first deployments took place in 2004. To date, DragonWave's Ethernet backhaul solution has been selected for four regional deployments in the Département de la Haute Garonne, Département des Deux Sèvres, Département du Jura and Département des Pyrénées Atlantiques.

"WiMAX has matured beyond the developmental stage. Today it is being selected as a legitimate broadband access option by more and more French customers. To accommodate this growth we required the highest performance IP backhaul solution available." said Fabrice Ballart, Directeur Général with Altitude Infrastructure. "A broad portfolio of frequency options provides the flexibility we need to introduce WiMAX in any region. Its superior payload-per-hertz efficiency means we can optimize our spectrum usage and overall backhaul investment without compromising the end user experience. These benefits have helped fuel our business and provide a better return on network investments."

Customer uptake in Altitude Telecom's services is said to have intensified across business and residential markets.  The operator recently announced it is accepting hundreds of new orders per month and this year plans to double the number of base stations in its WiMAX network to six hundred.

Altitude Infrastructure is deploying DragonWave's AirPair products operating in licensed frequencies between 6 and 38 GHz. The products are claimed to ensure interference-free performance, ultra-low latency to support real-time services, and scaleable Ethernet connectivity up to 800 Mbps. Said to be extremely easy to deploy and manage, DragonWave products come with a full suite of network management options, and can be engineered to provide 99.999% service availability.

The deployment expands DragonWave's growing market presence in Europe. "Operators in more and more markets are validating our IP backhaul solutions as the state-of-the-art, high-capacity transport option for 3G and 4G base stations," said Peter Allen, president and CEO of DragonWave. "We will continue to work closely with Altitude to assist in its expansion plans in France and with WiMAX operators throughout Europe and other international markets."

Aircom has released details of a new module for its radio planning tool, ASSET. Called ASSET ACP, Aircom says it has in-built a range of optimisation algorithms, taken from its fully functioning ACP (Automatic Cell Planning)  tool, ADVANTAGE. The new ACP module enables operators to rapidly design antenna subsystem configuration and power settings.

Historically, says Aircom, ACP has remained a specialist art form, requiring laborious set-up by highly technical planning experts. Said to be simple to use, the ASSET ACP module can be used by all planners, amplifying the benefits throughout an operator, allowing expert resources free to concentrate their efforts in more challenging tasks. In less than 10 mouse clicks, users can begin start optimising network plans from within ASSET ACP, achieving typical improvements of around 10% in planning KPIs.

ASSET ACP has been designed to deliver automation with the minimum of manual effort. Using the familiar user interface as ASSET, ASSET ACP is said to be an easy way to add ACP capabilities, delivering 'outstanding' ROI at a low cost.

Containing simple definitions and automated preparation of planning data needed to run optimisations, using ASSET ACP eliminates the risk of data transfer errors and accelerates start times. Automation of these activities can result in improvements on manual designs by over 10% and can increase engineering efficiency by up to eight times. Analysis of results is fully integrated with ASSET, making reporting and analysis of results easy to interpret.

According to Aircom, using ASSET ACP as part of the plan design, one customer has been able to maximise the initial planned performance resulting in measured improvements of 6% in the live network. ASSET ACP can also reduce or eliminate the need for costly drive testing. Using ASSET ACP, a leading European tier one operator has realised measured improvements of over 8%, without the use of any drive test measurements. In the same customer, more than £300m additional revenue was forecasted over an ASSET ACP optimised 3000 site network.

ASSET ACP is ideally suited to maximising the efficiency of day to day radio network planning activities.  For more sophisticated and larger scale planning and optimisation activities, AIRCOM offers ADVANTAGE, our full, stand alone ACP tool that fulfils the most demanding radio plan optimisation requirements.

ASSET is part of Aircom's ENTEPRISE suite of planning and optimisation tools..

Moneybookers, one of Europe's largest online payment systems, and Clickatell, a provider of global mobile messaging solutions, have announced a partnership to offer mobile SMS alerts on transactions for over 5 million eWallet customers. Moneybookers customers can now receive text notifications directly to their cell phone anytime, anywhere, when purchases are completed, goods are mailed or money transfers are wired. This brings an advantage in terms of security, as customers always have an overview of the transfers on the account and can cancel unwanted transactions immediately.
"Our customers don't want to be chained to their offices and be required to stay in front of their PCs when transacting on the Internet", commented Nikolai Riesenkampff, Co-CEO of Moneybookers. "We see clear advantages of SMS for fast implementation and inherent ease of use for our customers.  Clickatell was able to immediately incorporate mobile options into our eWallet service and provides us the assurances that our customers will get the information they need when they need it - anywhere, anytime."
"Because of our experience with financial services organizations and established global reach, Clickatell is best positioned to deploy mobile money initiatives via text messaging," said Pieter de Villiers, CEO of Clickatell. "With leading brands having already deployed mobile payments, mobile money transfers, mobile banking, and foreign currency exchange solutions, Clickatell is fast emerging as a leader in this rapidly growing market."

DiBcom, a provider of Mobile TV solutions, has announced two new products, the DIB9090 and DIB8090 which both support very low power mobile TV reception of DVB-T and ISDB-T 13SEG signals respectively. The chips also support the reception of DVB-H and ISDB-T 1SEG.
Historically, numerous countries have deployed DVB-T and ISDB-T Full-SEG for non mobile applications such as Home Digital TVs and Set Top Boxes/Digital Converters. Since June 2008, mobile phones using DiBcom chipsets have offered DVB-T reception in several European countries. In Japan, where 1SEG ISDB-T has been deployed on mobile phones, more than 30 Million units have already been sold and handset manufacturers are also starting to look at implementing reception of Full-SEG ISDB-T. This will enable them to offer high definition TV on large screen mobile phones.
However, DVB-T and Full-SEG ISDB-T currently use high level modulation schemes to transmit high bit-rate TV signals (Standard or High-Definition TV) making reception difficult in mobile conditions. The strong channel variations, the Doppler effect related to mobility and the adjacent channels are indeed much stronger when receiving high modulation signals compared to low bit-rate QVGA-size TV signals transmitted by DVB-H or ISDB-T 1SEG. DiBcom released the first Mobile TV DVB-T receivers for the automotive industry back in 2002. Yet it took another six years to reduce power consumption, size, and the number of discrete components to significantly low levels without compromising the high level performance that made DiBcom a leading Mobile TV reference.
The new generation of components like the DIB9090 and the DIB8090, has revolutionised the Mobile TV market by offering the highest performance at the lowest possible power consumption in all functional modes (for DVB-T and Full-SEG ISDB-T in particular). These new generation components draw on the successful features of their predecessors in addition to their small footprint.  They therefore provide a very cost effective solution for DVB-T, DVB-H, Full-SEG and 1SEG ISDB-T Mobile TV reception on battery-powered devices. While others claim to provide low power solutions, their disappointing performance makes them unsuitable for DVB-T or Full-SEG ISDB-T reception. High linearity tuners as well as advanced signal processing algorithms implemented on smaller silicon geometries are vital for this performance vs. power trade-off.
"We are very pleased to see handsets implementing both DVB-T and DVB-H on the same platforms", says Yannick Levy, CEO of DiBcom. "DVB-T based Free-To-Air TV signals are broadcast in many countries today, thus making it very attractive for consumers to try out TV reception on handhelds. Once users are hooked, they will demand more content and better coverage. In this way, they are more likely to subscribe to DVB-H services and watch more content on 3G. Handset manufacturers now see a real opportunity to create higher volumes compared to the levels that DVB-H only devices can achieve. This new feature is therefore a very attractive one to differentiate their products."

A new analysis of the NFC mobile payments opportunity forecasts that 700m mobile subscribers globally will have phones equipped with NFC contactless technology by 2013. NFC will enable users to make payments with their mobile phones for relatively low value purchases (such as refreshments, tickets and food).  

In the second report in its Mobile Payment Markets series, Juniper Research found that there is a significant opportunity for NFC mobile payment services, chips, phones and supporting services as the market reaches its tipping point over the 2011 to 2013 period.

Report author Howard Wilcox said: "NFC is an exciting and versatile technology that has great potential to make many everyday tasks such as buying small value items as well as tickets much easier. In future, users will also be able to discover new services by holding their NFC phones next to smart posters and advertisements. The Oyster card in London and the recent O2 Wallet trial results confirm the promise of NFC."

Highlights from the report include:

  • Global mobile subscribers with NFC phones will reach 700m by 2013
  • The market is currently dominated by FeliCa-enabled phones on the networks of NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and SoftBank in Japan, where we estimate about 50m FeliCa-enabled phones have been shipped to date.
• North America, Western Europe and Far East & China will be the leading regions by 2013, with each region having annual shipments in excess of 25% of total NFC phone shipments.


The report cautions however that whilst the trial results so far have been encouraging, there are two important factors that will determine the speed of market traction in the next couple of years: the availability of NFC phones; and the speed of installation of NFC readers by merchants. The NFC ecosystem needs to deliver: it needs to ensure that the ever growing number of trials around the globe is translated into full service offerings. 

The report provides six year regional forecasts of NFC mobile payments for physical goods and services, providing data on device shipments, subscriber take-up, transaction sizes and volumes as well as detailed case studies from companies pioneering in this market.

The European Union's Telecoms package will give consumers new rights and powers in the modern age of telecommunications, and it will not act as a new copyright enforcement law as some people have inaccurately purported, Malcolm Harbour MEP, Conservative spokesman on telecoms in the European Parliament, said today.
The Telecoms package updates 2002 regulations to take account of new technological advancements such as internet-enabled handsets. It will make it easier for consumers to shift contracts to other providers, and gives regulators new powers to intervene to prevent anti-competitive blocking by service providers.
The main highlights of the proposals from the Internal Market committee are:

- Where handsets or other terminal equipment are included free, (or at a subsidised price) consumers must be informed about the cost of terminating the agreement early.

- Enhancing the availability of transparent pricing information, and enabling independent companies to use the data for consumer information.

- Operators must inform users, before contracts are concluded, about any restrictions on access to services (such as Skype).

- Making it easier to switch service providers by quicker transfer of an existing number, within a maximum of one working day. 

- Contract lengths will be a maximum of 24 months to avoid consumers being locked into long contracts.

- Disabled users will enjoy equivalent access to communications and special terminal equipment.

Mr Harbour said:
"This package is very good news for the consumer, who will have more information and choice, and better service quality.
"Unfortunately, the real benefits of this package risk being undermined  by alarmist scaremongering that it will cause certain websites to be blocked, and consumers prosecuted for copyright abuse.
"This is not, and has never been, the intention of this proposal.
"The directive adopts a light touch to regulation, so that innovation in the telecoms sector can continue to develop according to consumers' demands."

NVIDIA and Opera Software are collaborating to bring the full desktop Web-browsing experience, including support for JavaScript, accelerated vector, and video content, to smartphones and mobile Internet devices. As a result, NVIDIA will offer an optimized Opera 9.5 browser in its suite of pre-integrated, in-house and third-party software for the NVIDIA Tegra family of computer-on-chip Windows Mobile and Windows CE solutions.

"Seamless, effortless Internet access is critical to any state-of-the-art connected mobile device, and the combination of Opera 9.5 and NVIDIA Tegra will deliver the full Web experience into the palm of your hand," said Neil Trevett, vice president of mobile content at NVIDIA. "Opera and NVIDIA are cooperating to create a powerful browsing experience that will truly make the Internet an integral part of the advanced Tegra mobile visual computing experience."

"Full Web browsing is a key feature for mobile phones and mobile Internet devices today. End users are demanding a mobile-browsing experience that mirrors that of their home and work computers," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software. "Opera 9.5 combined with NVIDIA Tegra will deliver a powerful and visual browsing experience for the next generation of smartphones and mobile Internet devices."

The Tegra family of computer-on-chip solutions integrates high-performance ARM CPUs, extensive media acceleration and integrated GeForce® GPUs that enable Opera 9.5 to provide mobile users a compelling browsing experience with the following features:

Support for full desktop Web content with hardware-accelerated rich media, image and in-page video playback; GPU acceleration delivering a smooth, highly-interactive panning and zooming browsing experience with significantly-reduced battery consumption; Hardware-accelerated 3D touch browsing experience with Opera integration into NVIDIA's OpenKODE-based composition framework using the power of OpenGL ES 2.0.

Devices with the Opera browser powered by NVIDIA Tegra hardware are expected to be available to consumers in 2009.

Visto, a provider of secure and easy-to-use push mobile email, has today announced Visto Mobile 6, a suite of offerings for mobile phones designed to enable end users to connect with friends, family and colleagues in real time in any number of ways including email, social networking, SMS, IM and photo sharing.

"Social networking is fast becoming a powerful communications medium for the consumer, prosumer and business markets, but enterprise and SMB organizations have not had a reasonable mobile solution that addresses both professional and personal needs," said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., VP & Chief Analyst, Mobile & Wireless at Frost & Sullivan.  "The social networking capabilities of Visto Mobile 6, coupled with access to email services give users an excellent example of the integrated mobile access and social networking services they need."

Featuring a "living address book," VISTO Mobile 6 offers end users expanded push mobile email and mobile social networking capabilities. This living address book combines favorite contacts from multiple sources, including social networks, into a seamless user interface.  Visto Mobile 6 utilizes Visto's patented push and synchronization technology to keep users constantly up to date in real time on their messaging and social networking activities.

In addition, Visto Mobile 6 provides end users the ability to filter updates from their list of contacts; meaning each user has the control to see only the updates they truly care about.  This eliminates the clutter of unnecessary updates and requests.

Visto Mobile 6 email includes Visto Mobile Exchange Direct Access (EDA) which provides full synchronization of email, contacts and calendar entries with Microsoft Exchange. Further, Visto Mobile EDA uses Outlook Web Access (OWA) interface which requires no software behind the corporate firewall and is easy to set up. With Visto EDA, enterprise users, small business users and prosumers who buy their own mobile services can quickly set up secure Exchange access for a seamless user experience.

"As the capabilities and volumes of smartphones and mid-range mobile phones continue to increase and bundled data plans become the norm, individuals are looking to their mobile device and their mobile operator to provide more functionality and value, including timely and secure delivery of mission critical messaging, applications and content.  In parallel, service providers and operators are looking to bring more value to their customers further up the value chain, independent of RIM, Microsoft, Nokia, Apple and others, while providing a consistent user experience across those and other device platform and operating systems, " said Brian Bogosian, CEO of Visto. "Visto Mobile 6 is uniquely positioned to meet these needs."

For end users, Visto Mobile 6 is said to provide a seamless, easy-to-use solution that enables them to stay connected with the people they care about in the way they choose. For mobile operators, it is claimed to provide significant opportunities for customer and revenue (ARPU) growth, not only because of its low total cost of ownership and fast time-to-market delivery, but because it enables the operator to harness the power of mobile communications including social networking and email, to provide their customers with exciting new services.

According to a recent study conducted by the Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum (bmcoforum), the analysis of practices, as well as country-by-country experience in licensing and regulating mobile TV, highlighted a range of positive solutions. Countries who are about to decide on a particular regulatory framework and business model can pick and choose from these solutions to create their own regulatory framework, says the study.

The bmcoforum report is said to show the effect of regulatory frameworks on the efficiency of commercial launches, in a context where regulatory frameworks for mobile TV across Europe differ considerably. It intends to help the setting of regulatory frameworks for Mobile TV where it has yet to be defined.

According to the bmcoforum findings, all potential players of the mobile broadcast value chain - including broadcast and mobile network operators, mobile service providers, public and commercial, free-to-air and pay-TV broadcasters as well as potential distributors - should be incorporated during the consultation process to enable a wide range of business models.

Consequently any chosen business model should allow for flexible and open partnerships among the different players and promote partnership opportunities without blocking each other.

As done in Austria, the regulator may wish to help to overcome cooperation barriers and so support a faster value chain set-up by asking during the tender process for proposals from complete industrial consortia, which have already established in principle an agreed value chain. However, after license granting the winning consortium should be open to add other players on fair and reasonable terms.
The chosen network approach depends on the available frequency spectra and DTT licensing frameworks. Service competition should be supported either by prescription of a wholesale / shared network approach to enable a set of distributors or by having several networks available together with limited upfront regulatory limitations. bmcoforum supports an approach where a considerable part of the capacity is left for the licensee to meet the market needs of the distributors and users. After the market start it should be in the interest of the cooperation partners to agree on the best content portfolio.

"Regulatory frameworks for mobile TV across Europe vary immensely. With this study the bmcoforum aims to provide guidance for a coherent framework for authorisation regimes across the EU by identifying best practices and promote their adoption", said Prof. Dr. Claus Sattler, Executive Director of bmcoforum.
Copies of the full report can be found at www.bmcoforum.org