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Mongolia launches T-DMB service

Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar was the site of the launch of a new, Korean-developed mobile digital media broadcasting service in December.

Based on the Korean T-DMB standard, the Mongolian service began with an initial four free channels and will add five more channels in the next few months before transitioning to subscription-based channels, C+T reports.

Since 2011, the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) has been providing the broadcast equipment and consultation required to launch the service . Mongolian T-DMB service provider UBDMB, and UNITEL, Mongolia’s second largest mobile telecommunications company, have taken part in a pilot service.

“I am glad that Mongolia’s mobile broadcasting service has started with Korean T-DMB technologies,” said Communications Regulatory Commission Chairman Balgansuren Batsukh. “I hope our two countries will cooperate further on technological exchanges and in the field of broadcasting and telecommunications.”

T-DMB standard has been adopted in Korea in 2007, Norway in 2008, Cambodia in 2009, and Mongolia in 2013. Vietnam and Laos are also considering commercialisation of the service.