Virgin Mobile France, TDF to launch DVB-H next year

Virgin Mobile France and broadcast services provider TDF plan to launch DVB-H mobile TV services in the second half of 2011. The groups revealed that they had signed a deal on the CSA approved plan allowing Omer Telecom, the parent company of Virgin Mobile France, Tele2 Mobile France, Breizh Mobile and Casino Mobile, to be the exclusive mobile distributor at the launch of mobile TV services in France.

The service is due to cover half of the French population at launch, or more than 2,500 towns and cities, well over the 30 per cent threshold set by CSA. Virgin Mobile expects to offer plans including mobile TV, rather than to charge separately for TV service, according to Virgin Mobile CEO Geoffroy Roux.

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