KPN broadcasts high-quality television to mobile
Ten television channels available across the Netherlands through mobile television solution from Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks
The MobielTV service initially offers 10 television channels with high-quality images. The service is made available through a broadcast network based on the Digital Video Broadcast for Handheld (DVB-H), the European standard for mobile television, and can be watched on DVB-H-enabled mobile devices.
Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks provided KPN with a turnkey head-end solution based on open standards to launch the broadcasts - including the Mobile Broadcast Solution and a broad range of services like consulting, platform integration, project management, support services and turnkey implementation.
"We are glad to be among the first to launch mobile television broadcasts in Europe," said Bart van Ierschot, KPN Broadcast Services Director. "This timely launch has been possible thanks to our choice of partners - Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks, who are market leaders in providing open standard DVB-H service platforms."
With MobielTV service, featuring high-quality images and sound, the viewers have a choice of 10 channels: Nederland 1, Nederland 3, RTL4, RTL24, SBS6, Jetix/Veronica, MTV Music, Discovery Channel, Xite and Nick Toons. More channels are expected to be included in the offering in the future.
KPN is one of the first mobile TV service providers in Europe and the first to offer a nationwide broadcast coverage.
In March, the European Commission added DVB-H to the EU List of Standards, which serves as a basis for encouraging harmonized provision of telecommunications services across Europe. The move helps establish a single market for mobile TV in the EU enabling all citizens to watch TV on the move.
The solutions offered by Nokia and Nokia Siemens Networks are based on the open DVB-H standards. They allow short implementation time as well as end-to-end capability, combining the equipment, services and devices to create a unique solution for mobile TV service providers.
Nokia Siemens Networks leads the world in the number of commercial launches for mobile TV broadcasting (DVB-H) including Finland, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and most recently Switzerland.
KPN is the leading telecommunications and ICT service provider in the Netherlands, offering wireline and wireless telephony, internet and TV to consumers and end-to-end telecom and ICT services to business customers. KPN's subsidiary Getronics operates a global ICT services company with a market leading position in the Benelux, offering end-to-end solutions in infrastructure and network-related IT. In Germany and Belgium, KPN pursues a multi-brand strategy in its mobile operations and holds number three market positions through E-Plus and BASE. KPN provides wholesale network services to third parties and operates an efficient IP-based infrastructure with global scale in international wholesale through iBasis.
At 30 June 2008, KPN served over 35 million customers, of which 28.7 million in wireless services, 4.2 million in wireline voice, 2.5 million in broadband Internet and 0.6 million in TV. With 25,729 FTEs (42,976 FTEs including Getronics), KPN posted revenues of EUR 7.2bn and an EBITDA of EUR 2.5bn in the first half year of 2008. KPN was incorporated in 1989 and is listed on the Amsterdam and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges, having recently delisted from the New York and London Stock Exchanges.
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