NextWave Launches TV Service For WiMax Networks


NextWave Wireless is launching a TV service today called MXtv that will allow WiMax networks to broadcast TV, audio and other media to a range of devices, such as phones, media players, handheld gaming or navigational devices and DVD players. To deliver MXtv, NextWave said it has signed a joint development agreement with Huawei Technologies.

Nextwave (NSDQ: WAVE) says the video quality can provide up to 30 frames per second minute, and can offer more than 300 broadcast channels over 10 MHz of spectrum. The operator will also be able to tailor the content on a geographical and individual user basis. Nextwave is banking on the service to be more cost-effective for the operator than providing TV over traditional cellular networks. MXtv is expected to be available by June.

NextWave didn’t mention if either of the two main U.S. WiMax operators — Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) or Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel — were interested in the technology. Last year, Clearwire announced a joint agreement with ICO Global Communications to complete a mobile video trial that was expected to begin in early 2008 in Raleigh, N.C.


Amitabh Kumar

Nextwave Technology- Mobile TV using WiMAX

The Nextwave technology has used the most powerful features of Mobile WiMAX technology i.e. Multicast and Broadcast Service ( MBS) and macro-diversity. A multicast service in WiMAX can be extended to hundreds of thousands of users, a feature which had so far been not exploited in commercial applications. macro-diversity makes it possible as it ensures that the mobile receives the transmissions from a number of base stations simultaneously. Not only does such a technology use the more readily available WiMAX spectrum ( rather than 3G), the QoS features of mobile WiMAX ensure better delivery over a wireless medium. It also cuts across multiple standards for Mobile TV which have been the bane of the industry.

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Joe Shade

Uh, I think you mean 30 frames per second. Thirty frames per minute ain't video. That's called a slide show!

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