People on the move will soon be able to access TV programmes and the internet on dual mode mobile phones, thanks to a highly praised, cross European project made possible by a grant of €3.71 million from the Information Society Technology (IST) Programme of the European Union’s Fifth Framework Programme (FP5).
With project partners in the UK, Germany, France and Italy, the CISMUNDUS (Convergence of IP-based Services for Mobile Users and Networks in DVB-T) project has developed and demonstrated a converged digital broadcast (DVB-T) and cellular (GPRS) system that provides both local and remote interaction to portable digital televisions and a high bandwidth multicast IP downlink.
“This will prove to be a major step forward in mobile communication,” says the project co-ordinator, Professor John Comas from the School of Engineering and Design at Brunel University. “Consumers will benefit from greater choice as a direct result of CISMUNDUS creating a more competitive mobile media market place. This, in turn, will produce a bigger range of quality and value for money multimedia.”
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