DVB has launched a Call for Technologies for a Next Generation Handheld (NGH) standard. The call is issued to industry, and responses are required by February 26th 2010.
The call is intended to invite technology inputs that would facilitate an appropriate NGH physical layer on which a successful full NGH system could be built.
"It is expected that by the 2015 timeframe, Rich Media content consumption will increase several-fold and the content will be consumed using a variety of devices." said a statement on the DVB website.
"To facilitate this Rich media content consumption, an efficient, flexible and robust Next Generation Handheld (NGH) system is needed to accompany digital switch over and convergence of fixed and mobile services as well as telecommunication services."
DVB said that, assuming that the standardization process can be kicked off in the first quarter of 2010, the publication of the related ETSI standard(s) could take place in 2011 with the first commercial NGH devices potentially becoming available in 2013.
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