Indonesia starts mobile TV - for free

Rose Major

Mobile TV has officially launched in parts of Indonesiaís capital Jakarta, with two consortia providing channels initially for free.

A report in the Jakarta Globe said both Tren Mobile TV, backed by pay-TV leader Indovisionís parent company Global Mediacom and Indosat, and two subsidiaries of Telekomunikasi Indonesia, were now offering services.

Telkomís service offers eight channels, including CNN and National Geographic. The company has invested about US$1 million so far and plans to put another US$6-7 million into infrastructure and equipment for commercial rollout in 1H 2010.

Tren Mobile TV, meanwhile, has been working closely with handset manufacturer Nokia, a major supporter of the DVB-H standard in use in Indonesia.

Both platforms are obliged by the terms of their interim licences to provide services for free to familiarise consumers with mobile TV. Commercial licences will be issued later.