South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung is to supply 500,000 mobile phones capable of receiving terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) to the Chinese market.
One order, for 200,000 units, is for Beijing's Jolon Digital Media Broadcasting, which intends to launch the country's first DMB service in April, while 300,000 handsets are going to the Guangdong Mobile Television Media Company which aims to launch a service by the summer.
Last month South Korean broadcasters KBS, MBC, SBS and YTN launched the world's first land-based mobile television service using the DMB standard. The free terrestrial service?which features seven video and 13 radio channels?follows the launch in May of a satellite-based DMB service in the country.
Samsung last week demonstrated its full range of mobile television handsets at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show using different mobile broadcasting technologies: satellite DMB (S-DMB), terrestrial DMB (T-DMB), Media FLO and DVB-H.
Its SPH-B4100 phone allows customers to receive mobile television services in both S-DMB and T-DMB standards.
Lovelace Consulting | 10.01.2006