Germany’s third largest telco Debitel AG is set to launch mobile TV based on Korea’s terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting technology in eight major cities in May. Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication announced that Debitel will operate the service, which will help some subscribers in the service areas such as Munich and Stuttgart to watch the World Cup matches in June while on the move. The mobile broadcasting service will be expanded into four other big cities in 2006, and the nationwide broadcast is scheduled to start next year. Currently, the TDMB-based mobile broadcast service is being test-run in Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Stuttgart.
On the other hand, Vodafone Germany plans to offer its customers mobile TV services based on the new DVB-H standard from 2007 onward.