Orange has joined the race to provide live TV to mobile users, with plans to pilot a system using 3G technology in England later this year.
The news, announced at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, came hot on the heels of Virgin Mobile’s announcement at the same conference that it would offer live TV using the BT Movio service, which uses digital audio broadcasting (DAB) technology.
Orange will test the TDtv technology developed by telecommunications firm IPWireless, which is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) multimedia broadcast and multicast services standard.
TDtv is designed to allow mobile operators to deliver TV and multimedia services using their existing spectrum and base stations, without detriment to their other voice and data 3G services.
Operators will be able to use the technology to deliver up to 50 TV channels to standard mobile phone screens. The technology will allow an unlimited number of users to watch the same channel or use the same network bandwidth.
Orange will launch the pilot scheme later this year.