Mobile TV in South Africa, Taiwan and Australia

South African mobile operator MTN is in talks with Naspers’ MultiChoice pay-TV business to provide television on mobile phones by 2010…which is when South Africa is due to host the soccer World Cup, so there’s a great deal of incentive to get that going. “Vodacom, MTN’s main rival in South Africa, has also expressed interest in pay-TV via mobile phone once the technology is ready, but was not on the list of 18 applicants for pay-TV licenses issued by the regulator this month…MTN, Vodacom and third-ranked Cell C all tested the mobile TV technology during this year’s soccer World Cup but have yet to launch commercially.”
Competition for licenses for mobile TV in Taiwan are apparently heating up, with at least five consortiums competing for the country’s first handheld-TV test-broadcasting contract. “The National Communications Commission (NCC) will determine winners and issue licenses of the test broadcasting within a month beginning Sept. 18, when it stopped receiving bidding applications…NCC will issue six licenses islandwide to services sharing a total number of three channelsâ