HA NOI – VTV Broadcom has asked the Ministry of Information and Telecommunications for permission to commercialise its Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB) service after a two-year trial run.
The company, a subsidiary of State-run Viet Nam Television (VTV), launched DMB in Ha Noi and HCM City in 2010 on 10 Very High Frequency (VHF) channels.
Nguyen Dung Trinh, VTV's vice general director, said VTV Broadcom had successfully run the service and received positive feedback from customers.
VTV Broadcom said if it received permission, it would invest an initial VND 50 billion (US$2.4 million) providing a DMB service in Ha Noi and HCM City. It said it expected to make a profit from the service within two years.
DMB, also called mobi TV, is a digital radio transmission technology first developed in South Korea for sending multimedia such as TV, radio and datacasting to mobile devices such as cellphones.
In addition to South Korea, which commercialised the service in 2005, DMB trials are currently taking place or planned in Germany, Norway, France and China. - VNS