Sistema encounters problems with DVB-H mobile TV plans

13 Apr 2007

Russian holding company AFK Sistema says it has encountered problems with a request to use the transmission towers of national TV and radio broadcaster Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network (RTRS) in its bid to roll out DVB-H mobile TV services. Sistema, the parent of GSM operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and CDMA provider SkyLink, had requested the use of RTRS’s towers in 18 cities, in order to install mobile TV transmitters, to support a plan to launch the service in Moscow in the third quarter of 2008. However, RTRS is only willing to allow Sistema use of its towers if the firm agrees to enter into a joint venture with it. RTRS general director Gennady Sklyar said that should the partnership with Sistema fail to materialise, RTRS may look to construct its own DVB-H mobile TV network; if this situation arises, Sistema is likely to proceed with its own independent project utilising the resources of domestic mobile market leader MTS and SkyLink.

Russia, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), SkyLink