Alcatel-Lucent and Quantum SpA cooperate to extend the reach of DVB-SH Mobile TV

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
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PARIS and MILAN — Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Quantum SpA, the premier supplier of innovative mobile multimedia devices and software, today announced that both companies are setting up a cooperation in the Mobile TV market. The objective of this cooperation is to develop terrestrial or hybrid (terrestrial and satellite) mobile broadcast solutions adhering to the new DVB-SH mobile broadcast standard. This cooperation will allow both companies to develop new mobile TV business opportunities related to mobile TV access worldwide on Portable Multimedia Players (PMP), and Automotive digital set up boxes.

DVB-SH (Digital Video Broadcasting – Satellite services to Handhelds) is an evolution of DVB-H and a powerful mobile broadcast standard allowing cost-effective mobile TV deployments. It can be used in any frequency spectrum below 3GHz, including UHF, L band and S band, in terrestrial, satellite or hybrid networks. The DVB-SH standard was approved by the DVB Project in February 2007 and by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in March 2008.

“Quantum is dedicated to the future of Mobile TV and seamless multimedia mobility,” declared Stefano Martini, CEO of Quantum SpA. “Leveraging the power of the open DVB-SH mobile broadcast standard, our new cooperation with Alcatel-Lucent for mass market Mobile TV will allow us to further extend our global leadership in Pay TV digital set-top boxes for the automotive industry, Pocket TV Portable Media Players and the software that brings together unique applications through the convergence of Mobile TV, the internet and location based technologies into a single personal device.”

“In-car multimedia entertainment, portable devices with larger screens and navigation services are key drivers to accelerate the advent of mass market mobile TV, by providing end-users with a mobile TV experience that complements their traditional TV experience,” added Olivier Coste, Chairman of Alcatel-Lucent’s mobile broadcast activities. “It is important to have more partners joining the DVB-SH industrial ecosystem. Teaming up for DVB-SH with an innovative player such as Quantum SpA, which already has an extended knowledge of an early adopter broadcast mobile TV market such as Italy, will strengthen the reach of our Unlimited Mobile TV solution towards the mass market worldwide.”