Telcel launches downloadable TV content service

18 May 2006

Mexico’s largest mobile operator Telcel has launched a limited mobile TV service over its GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks, according to BNamericas quoting a company statement. The service is currently limited to downloadable content from the company’s library and is only available to post-paid clients with selected Nokia and Palm handsets. It is widely anticipated that Telcel will launch streaming TV services when it rolls out its 3G and 3.5G networks. The cellco has previously said it would test HSDPA technology this year, with a commercial launch expected some time in 2007. However, with the mobile communications market still relatively immature, regulator Cofetel is taking a relaxed view on the country’s progression towards 3G. According to local press reports the regulator is adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach to the issue and will only distribute frequencies once it is satisfied that 2G network development has progressed sufficiently.

Rival operators Iusacell and Unefon plan to launch TV over their CDMA2000 1xEV-DO networks in June. Iusacell plans to offer live streaming content, whilst Unefon will initially offer downloads on demand.

Mexico, Radiomovil Dipsa (Telcel)