Mongolia Launches T-DMB Service
December 2013 saw the launch of a new mobile digital media broadcasting service in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar.
Based on the Korean-developed T-DMB standard, the Mongolian service will begin with an initial four free channels. It will add five more channels in early 2014 before transitioning to subscription-based channels.
Since 2011, the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) has been providing the broadcast equipment and consultation required to launch the service . Mongolian T-DMB service provider UBDMB, and UNITEL, Mongolia’s second largest mobile telecommunications company, have taken part in a pilot service.
Among those present at the launch ceremony on December 12 were officials from the Mongolian Information, Communications, Technology and Post Authority (ICTPA), the Mongolian Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC) and Unitel and representatives from Korea’s MSIP.
“I am glad that Mongolia’s mobile broadcasting service has started with Korean T-DMB technologies,” said CRC Chairman Balgansuren Batsukh. “I hope the two countries will cooperate further on technological exchanges and in the field of broadcasting and telecommunications.”
Countries that have adopted the T-DMB standard include Korea in 2007, Norway in 2008, Cambodia in 2009, and Mongolia in 2013. Vietnam and Laos are also considering commercialization of the service.
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