17.01.2008 Business & Finance

Black Star TV Begins Full Operations

By Daily Guide
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Ghana has led the way by being the first country in Africa to successfully complete test trials and prepare for full commercial deployment of Mobile TV services in 2008, a statement from Black TV has said.

The technology has been tried in Ghana since July 2007 for 24 hours each day. When the full commercial deployment begins, mobile phones users in the country can watch television content on their handsets across the country.

With this landmark event, Ghana's telecommunications and broadcast media can now boast of being the first industry in Africa to introduce mobile TV on the continent.

The country thus joins the elite group of countries namely Korea, Japan, Germany, UK, China, India and France, where trial broadcast of Terrestrial Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (T-DMB) commenced in 2006.

Developed in Korea, T-DMB is a state-of-the-art technology that provides high quality mobile TV services on T-DMB phones as well as the latest models of mobile phones, laptops, digital cameras, among other digital devices.

Reports say currently, about 10 million viewers regularly watch mobile TV programming in Korea. This proven technology, launched in 2005 has been successfully deployed in Italy, Germany, China and several other developed countries.

Since the debut of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting in 2005, the subscriber base (worldwide) has surpassed the 12,000,000 mark and is increasing at a phenomenal rate.

Presently, there are mobile phones on the Ghanaian market that receive television signals from the terrestrial broadcasters.

However, the analog images received by these phones are of poor quality, with no picture or sound stability.

Consumers of such phones often complain of grainy images which keep shaking and loss of picture due to frequency fluctuations.

With Digital Mobile TV (FONTV), Black Star TV has introduced a technology which provides crystal-clear images and CD quality sound with no loss in picture or sound quality; even when travelling at speeds in excess of 300 kilometres per hour.

Digital mobile TV ensures that TV channels can be changed at the press of a button without the need to reposition the mobile device to get the best reception (as you would with an analog radio or an analog TV, which requires constant adjustment of the TV aerial when the reception becomes disrupted).

Samsung, LG Electronics, Nokia and at least 100 established mobile phone manufacturers are supporting this expansion of mobile TV with new and robust mobile devices to support the future of Mobile TV globally.
By Felix Del Klutse

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