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Mobile TV On European Handsets Push Gets EU Guidelines
|16 декабря 2008|
The European Commission has taken a decisive step towards the promotion of Mobile TV services within the EU.
The European Commission has published a set of guidelines for the authorization of Mobile TV to accelerate roll-out of the service across Europe. The commercial services launched before summer 2008 in some European countries show that there is an increasing consumer demand: in the Netherlands alone, 10 000 users had already subscribed to the service at the beginning of autumn. In cooperation with Member States and industry, the Commission has identified the main principles which regulators and governments in the Member States should follow when authorizing operators to provide Mobile TV services. To date, only a few Member States, such as Austria, Finland, France, and Germany have adopted legislation for new Mobile TV services. The Commission's guidelines aim to keep up the momentum for Mobile TV at EU-level, in order to create a regulatory environment for take-off and take-up of this new service.
The guidelines say that a straightforward, transparent, and non-discriminatory procedure for awarding licences is the key to a successful approach avoiding delays. The quality of the service delivered to customers, including indoor coverage and transmission quality, should be part of the award conditions. The guidelines furthermore recommend that frequencies made available for Mobile TV should be withdrawn if the service has not started within a reasonable period of time. They also advise regulators to keep the authorisation process open to all industry players and create conditions which encourage cooperation between telecoms operators (providing the service) and broadcasters (providing the content). Finally, they call upon the industry to make sure that DVB-H based Mobile TV services in every EU country work together. One way to do this is choosing non-proprietary technologies, which all consumers would be able to use without extra plug-ins and regardless of which device they use, to access Mobile TV content.
Light regulation and clear licensing regimes will give industry the legal certainty needed to rapidly launch Mobile TV offers. The Commission will keep a close eye on progress made and will not allow any unreasonable demands to delay progress in Europe. The Commission will continue to promote the exchange of information, experience and best practice between national authorities and other stakeholders. Moreover, the switch-over process from analog to digital TV and the Telecoms reform will facilitate access to new spectrum, which can be used for the provision of Mobile TV services.