France: Mobile TV waits for immediate action

Pascale Paoli Lebailly

French Secretary of State for the digital economy, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has suggested that the development of mobile TV in France should follow a two-step process. She above all wants to help current talks between telcos and broadcasters, now at a dead-end, to go forward.

Following a report presented to the press, Kosciusko-Morizet developed the idea to build a “two-step system of development by which telcos would first invest in mobile TV launch and then could make profits. In a second time, the system would combine telcos and channels editors.”

Both parties currently disagree about the way to finance any mobile TV launch. “Editors which have been attributed frequencies can’t finance this launch because of the crisis, while telcos are showing hesitation and would prefer waiting 18 months before engaging themselves,” she added.

But Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has no time to wait, as she needs to “make a decision about available mobile TV frequencies before September 30.” If no consensus is reached before this date, frequencies could be given back for an other use, she underlined.