Orange to Trial TDtv Technology From IPWireless for Mobile TV and Multimedia Streaming

Orange to Test MBMS-Based Solution in Its UK Unpaired 3G Spectrum

Feb 15, 2006, 00:00 ET from IPWireless

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- 3GSM World Congress --
 IPWireless announces today that Orange will be the first UMTS operator
 globally to test IPWireless' recently announced TDtv technology, a mobile TV
 and multimedia solution based on the 3GPP Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast
 Services (MBMS) standard.  Orange will launch this technical trial in the UK
 in its unpaired 3G spectrum, starting mid-2006.
     TDtv operates in the universal unpaired 3G spectrum bands that are
 available across Europe and Asia at 1900MHz and 2010MHz.  It allows UMTS
 operators like Orange to fully utilise their existing spectrum and base
 stations to offer subscribers attractive mobile TV and multimedia packages
 without impacting other voice and data 3G services.
     TDtv will allow mobile operators to deliver up to 50 channels of TV for
 standard cell phone screens, or 17 higher quality QVGA channels, in 5MHz of
 unpaired 1.9GHz spectrum.  Unlike current unicast mobile TV services which
 take additional network bandwidth for every subscriber, TDtv leverages MBMS to
 allow an unlimited number of customers to watch the same channel or use the
 same network bandwidth.  With TDtv, Orange would also be able to deliver
 digital audio, multicast, or other IP data cast services to enhance their
 service offerings.
     "Our new TDtv multimedia platform will allow Orange to evaluate the use of
 its unpaired 1.9GHz spectrum to deliver unparalleled multimedia services for
 subscribers," said Dr. Bill Jones, chief operating officer at IPWireless.  "We
 believe that the unmatched combination of performance and economics has the
 potential to put Orange in the lead in the emerging mobile multimedia market."
     TDtv, which combines the performance advantages of IPWireless' commercial
 UMTS TD-CDMA solution and the newly defined 3GPP Release 6 Multimedia
 Broadcast and Multicast Standard (MBMS), offers operators a number of
 significant strategic, performance and economic advantages over alternative
 mobile TV solutions.
     Because TDtv is based on the 3GPP family of standards, integration of TDtv
 with WCDMA on both the network and device side should be simplified.  TDtv
 eliminates the need to buy new frequencies or partner with broadcasters,
 leaving the UMTS operator in full control of customer experience and revenues.
     TDtv provides an especially attractive solution for the UMTS operators
 that have universal spectrum across multiple properties, allowing the sourcing
 of single devices as well as roaming across all countries.
     NOTE: IPWireless will demonstrate TDtv in its booth #AV40 at the 3GSM
 World Congress in Barcelona, February 13-16, 2006.
     About IPWireless
     IPWireless develops advanced next generation mobile broadband and
 multimedia technology based on global standards.  The company's TD-CDMA
 technology has emerged as a leading global standard for wireless broadband,
 allowing operators to offer a spectrum of completely mobile, portable, or
 stationary end-to-end packet-based services with unmatched economics and
 performance.  TD-CDMA has the highest average sector capacity, the strongest
 cell edge performance, and the lowest cost per megabit of any standards-based
 mobile technology available today, and is deployed by leading operators around
 the world including announced initiatives with T-Mobile, Orange, Sprint, and
 PCCW.  The IPWireless Partner Program and chipsets allow device manufacturers
 and infrastructure vendors to very quickly bring innovative new TD-CDMA
 solutions to market.  For more information, visit the company's Web site at .