Sprint Nextel invests $10 million in mobile TV technology
Sprint Nextel Corp. announced that they have invested $10 million in a new mobile TV solution, which is being developed by the next generation mobile broadband and multimedia technology provider - IPWireless. The new solution, called TDtv, is based on UMTS TD-CDMA technology and is targeted at cellular operators, who already offer 3G networks, based on W-CDMA. It allows operators to use their own existing spectrum and infrastructure, thus decreasing deployment expenditures. According to IPWireless TDtv will offer 50 channels of TV for standard size mobile phones displays or 15 channels for higher quality QVGA displays. Sprint Nextel Corp., which is already trialing IPWireless's technology in Washington DC on its 2.5 GHz spectrum after $4 million investment back in July 2005, is expected to start tests of TDtv in the first half of 2006. Several European and Asian operators are also expected to start TDtv trials later this year.