Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 31-08-2011

Wireless broadband operator Clear Mobitel has signed a deal with the European Television Guild that will allow the company to strengthen its video content offering on 4G mobile networks operating under the LTE (Long Term Evolution) radio standard.

The first mobile operator in the UK to be granted a licence to conduct next-generation wireless broadband trials in the 800MHz radio frequency band (to be released by the Digital Dividend), Clear Mobitel also operates in its native US, the Channel Islands and New Zealand. In the UK, the company holds full operator licences in Jersey and Guernsey.

As it moves ahead with the rollout of LTE network equipment, the operator has now secured the help of an experienced partner from the broadcast world with a track record in the provisioning, production and distribution of TV channels and video content around the world.

The deal specifically covers the streaming of IP video and audio content across LTE networks, which will offer significantly higher bandwidth speeds than even the most advanced type of existing mobile infrastructure based on HSPA technology.

Harpal Mann, CEO of Clear Mobitel, said the agreement with the European Television Guild was "vitally important" to his company on a global basis, and particularly in the UK. "The world is rapidly going mobile and we believe that IP media content will be a crucially important mobile service going forward as revenues from voice and SMS diminish exponentially," he noted.

Graham Pitman, managing director of the European Television Guild, added: "We have been in dialogue with Clear Mobitel for some time now and share their vision for the expansion of IP media content streaming across mobile networks. The advent of LTE as a mature mobile network technology offers new revenue and coverage possibilities to broadcasters, content producers and providers alike. We look forward to working with Clear Mobitel on the development of innovative mobile media content for its LTE networks around the world."