The US wireless internet service provider Clearwire is conducting trials of mobile video technology with satellite communications firm ICO Global. The trials will focus on two-way wireless and satellite broadband connectivity. In addition to testing mobile video broadcast, the trial will also examine the feasibility of utilising Clearwire’s 2.5GHz spectrum and ICO’s 2GHz spectrum more efficiently. The ICO trial with Clearwire is expected to begin in early 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and ICO is also planning a similar trial in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alcatel-Lucent has been chosen to supply the system architecture and design based on mobile multimedia DVB-SH open standard, and Hughes Network Systems has been tapped to provide the device as well as the interactive elements based upon the proven GMR standard.
‘Mobile two-way video, advanced interactive navigation, plus emergency calling and messaging becomes an even more compelling value proposition when integrated with a wireless broadband network such as Clearwire’s,’ commented Tim Bryan, chief executive officer of ICO.