CEO: Russia’s VimpelCom mulls closing DVB-H mobile TV project

MOSCOW, Sep 12 (PRIME) — Major Russian mobile operator VimpelCom is considering closing down a project to provide mobile TV services in the Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) standard, VimpelComs CEO Yelena Shmatova told reporters late on September 9.

No timeline for closing the project has been determined yet, Shmatova said.

VimpelComs subsidiary Dominanta started testing mobile TV services in Moscow in late 2009, investing about U.S. $10 million to $12 million in the project, but has not launched commercial operations because of uncertainties regarding the regulation of the mobile TV market, Shmatova said, adding that at present the development of mobile TV, in the DVB-H standard, would be unreasonable, because the standard is outdated.


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