SEOUL, China A major South Korean government think-tank and a state-funded Chinese mobile TV operator have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate in the terrestrial DMB (T-DMB) business.
South Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) said in a report Monday (Jan. 23) the MOU was signed by the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and China's Beijing Jolon Digital Media Broadcasting Co. last Friday (Jan. 20).
The agreement came out of a series of meetings between MIC officials and their Chinese counterparts last week on how to support Beijing’s T-DMB service, slated for April launching, and possible joint projects related to the service in future, the ministry said.
South Korea launched the service in December.
Both parties will work together to promote the T-DMB service, accelerating cooperation to develop new service content and required technology, the ministry said.
The MOU said the two governments have also agreed to hold meetings on bilateral exchanges in the whole DMB sector on an annual basis, adding the move will help Korean firms expand their DMB business arena into other major Chinese areas such as Shanghai and Guandong Province preparing to launch T-DMB services by the end of June this year.
Earlier this month, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics signed contracts to supply a total of 200,000 T-DMB-enabled phones to Beijing Jolon and another 300,000 handsets to Guangdong Mobile Television Media Co. Ltd.