The European Union (EU) announced that it will back Nokia’s DVB-H technology as its mobile TV broadcast standard, requiring member countries to encourage use of the technology.
The EU chose DVB-H over other standards such as Qualcomm’s MedioFLO technology or DMB technology that is favored by Chinese and South Korean technology manufacturers.
Though certain countries such as Britain, Germany and the Netherlands have been opposed to setting a single standard, European Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding said in a statement: “For mobile TV to take off in Europe, there must first be certainty about the technology.”
The commission also said that DVB-H is the most widely used mobile TV standard in Europe.
The GSM Association said that it was staying neutral about mobile TV standards, preferring to let the market decide which technology is best.