Thomson is to provide DVB-H broadcast technology to Sistema Mass Media (SMM), a branch of Russia's AFK Sistema which is set to launch a mobile multimedia service.
For this service, initially available in Moscow and in 16 other Russian cities with populations over one million, Thomson has provided the technology to distribute the content by satellite from Moscow to the other regional transmitters, as well as the headend platform. For distribution from Moscow to the other cities where SMM has a licence, Thomson has implemented a solution using available bandwidth on an existing satellite transponder.
SMM plans a commercial launch of the new mobile television service in early 2008. The service will be available to all mobile network operators.