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January 24, 2007
SHENZHEN, China -- Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (“Huawei”), a leader in providing next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, today announced that together with QUALCOMM, it has successfully completed the industry’s first commercial MBMS (Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) mobile TV interoperability testing (IOT), a mobile TV solution based on 3GPP Release 6. The IOT was performed on Huawei’s UMTS/HSPA network with handsets based on the Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM7200™ chipset solution from QUALCOMM. During the IOT, MBMS technology was used to transmit TV programs at 256 Kbps, which played clearly and smoothly. Users were able to quickly switch channels by pressing navigation buttons on the handset, and MBMS allowed streaming to be suspended during an incoming voice call and automatically resumed streaming when the call ended. The successful IOT demonstrates that MBMS is on-track for large-scale commercial deployments in 2007.
MBMS is the industry’s most advanced mobile TV standard and allows network operators to roll out mobile TV services with relatively inexpensive deployment costs as compared to other mobile TV standards. MBMS supports both multimedia broadcast and multicast services, which allows operators to either directly broadcast multimedia content to all subscribers or only to a specific group of subscribers respectively. MBMS also supports abundant mobile multimedia applications. To provide MBMS mobile TV services, network operators need only a software upgrade to their existing UMTS/HSPA networks, and eliminates any required investment in additional radio frequency resources.
Yu Chengdong, president of Huawei Wireless Network Product Line, remarked: “MBMS service will be widely adopted by operators this year, with more and more equipment and terminal suppliers supporting MBMS service. Our CMB commercial deployment in Hong Kong in May 2006, followed by the industry’s first commercial launch of our MBMS mobile TV solution will help operators stay at the forefront of multimedia mobile broadband market. ”
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM)
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