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Intel, NDS announce WiMAX TV multicast trial system

Posted: 05 May 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Intel  NDS Group plc  WiMAX 

Intel Corp. and Europe-based digital pay TV company, NDS Group plc, have announced a trial system to demonstrate the TV and video services for fixed WiMAX technology.

Using the WiMAX IEEE 802.16-2004 standard and the soon to be ratified IEEE 802.16e, Intel and NDS will also collaborate on industry and market development activities. The companies will engage in demonstrations to service providers and the industry to show how WiMAX can offer more than broadband access with pay-TV services.

The pre-WiMAX implementation takes place at Intel's Wireless Competence Center (IWCC) in Kista, Sweden, and demonstrates the first system to show WiMAX TV services including live TV, VOD and integrated electronic programme guide delivery to an Intel Centrino mobile technology based notebook over 802.16-2004 and 802.11. The current demonstration uses fixed pre-WiMAX equipment to deliver content to the customer premises equipment and then WiFi to send content to the notebook.

The companies also intend to enhance the system to support 802.16e standard in the future and to make sure that security requirements protect the interests of content providers, to demonstrate pay TV services delivery over mobile WiMAX to Intel based PDA and notebook devices.

Anders Huge, director of IWCC commented, "Demonstrating multicast TV to notebook computers articulates the way forward for mobile computing—extending the range of services offered by WiMAX to include broadband internet access, VOIP and video."

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