Emerging mobile broadband standards could be the key platform for mobile content delivery in the MENA region, according to Ihab Ghattas, assistant president, Huawei Middle East.
At present there are several 3G based mobile video services with Qtel and du leading the way. However it is the quickly developing mobile broadband standards such as LTE that could enable more advanced mobile video services.
“We don’t do DVB-H,” said Ghattas. “We have been successful with the mobile internet standards from 3G and moving forward to LTE. At this point we believe that it is these that will be used to distribute mobile video.”
Ghattas added that in many countries the infrastructure for LTE and other mobile internet standards was already in place, permitting a shorter roll-out period and a lower required level of investment for operators.
A trial of the DVB-H mobile broadcast standard was held in the UAE in 2007 by Dubai Media City, Rohde & Schwarz, du and Dubai Media Incorporated. Despite the success of the US$2 million trial there has been no further progress to establish a mobile broadcast network in the Emirates.