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Mobile TV Bid Blues

6:30 AM -- The German mobile operator joint venture of T-Mobile International AG , Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG , and Vodafone Germany has lost its bid to run a national DVB-H mobile TV platform. Instead, Germany's local broadcast agencies will award the license to Mobile 3.0, a joint venture between rival mobile TV operators Neva Media and MFD (Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland GmbH). (See Mobile Operators Unite in TV License Bid and Germans Get Gemütlich.)

Separately, the German regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) awarded the license to build and operate the DVB-H transmission network to the media and broadcast unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s subsidiary T-Systems International GmbH The regulator wants the first mobile TV transmissions in time for the über telecom and IT trade show CeBIT in Hannover in March next year.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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