Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Indonesia starts mobile TV - for free

Two of the country’s biggest telecommunications companies, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia and PT Indosat, are set to go head-to-head in the new market for mobile digital television, which arrived on Monday (3/8) in some parts of Jakarta.

Fredy Tulung, the Communication and Information Technology Ministry’s director general of mobile and digital communications, said the government had issued two interim mobile digital TV licenses. “These are for the Tren mobile TV consortium and the Telkom consortium.”

Fredy said the era of mobile digital TV had finally arrived in Indonesia, and he added that the two operators were obliged to familiarize the public with the service by providing it free of charge before definitive licenses for its commercial rollout were issued.

Starting on Monday, residents of Central and South Jakarta will have access to mobile digital TV provided by both consortiums for free. A high-end cellphone equipped with DHV technology is required for viewing.

By mid-August, people in Greater Jakarta should also have access to mobile digital TV provided by Tren.

View full story at:
Digital Mobile TV Debuts in Jakarta - Jakarta Globe

See also:

Indonesia launches digital TV, embarks on campaign to provide phone and Web - The Jakarta Post