Qatar readies for world's first commercial Mobile TV service based on DVB-H and OMA BCast Smart Card Profile

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
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DOHA, Qatar — Qatar Telecom (Qtel) [Doha: QTEL], the leading telecommunications service provider, and Nokia Siemens Networks have signed the world’s first commercial Mobile TV deployment contract based on DVB-H and OMA BCast Smart Card Profile technology.

Nokia Siemens Networks will supply Qtel with state-of-the-art Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) solution providing their subscribers enhanced TV viewing experiences on their mobile phones with the added flexibility of selecting their preferred subscription payment model.

“This agreement opens a historic new chapter for entertainment and connectivity in Qatar. This pioneering partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks will deliver a world-class mobile experience for our customers, providing them with the highest quality broadcasts directly to their phones,” said Adel Al Mutawa, Executive Director of Group Communications, Qtel.

A strategic partner for operators looking to deploy Mobile TV solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks will roll out a DVB-H solution with OMA BCast Smart Card Profile (SCP) for Qtel. With OMA BCast SCP, mobile operators are able to integrate the management rights for Mobile TV broadcast content, provided via DVB-H, into their existing infrastructure. This comprehensive mobile TV solution includes software, hardware, consulting & integration, network design and implementation services. For the authentication of mobile TV subscribers, Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its One-BSF solution, forming a key part of Qtel’s Unified Subscriber Database strategy for creating a common subscriber profile to be used for both mobile and DVB-H service.

In addition, Nokia, the infrastructure vendor’s parent company, will provide Nokia N96 handsets to test the first SCP compliant software that enables subscribers to choose from among a host of payment models and interactivity options. One of the main factors in winning this deal was the end-user insight that Nokia Siemens Networks gained from its close collaboration with Nokia.

“This innovation introduces ‘world firsts’ to the global communications community: Qtel will be the first operator anywhere in the world to commercially deploy DVB-H SCP. We will also be the first company to integrate the new Nokia N96 model into our deployment strategy. Both these historic steps will support Qatar’s wider goal of using the most advanced technology to support the growth of the knowledge economy,” noted Al Mutawa.

Adds Qais Esrawee, Head of Customer Business Team for Qtel Group in Nokia Siemens Networks, “We are glad to support Qtel to be among the first to launch mobile television broadcasts in Middle East and Africa. Our association with Nokia is a strong differentiator providing the research and end-user insight we need to help Qtel decide on the service dynamics such as ease of use, affordability and freedom of choice. Alongside our complete portfolio of complementary technologies, we can ensure Qtel’s subscribers enjoy a seamless end to end mobile TV experience.”