SEOUL, South Korea Samsung Electronics said it is supplying terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB) phones to German mobile carrier Debitel. The phones will be used to launch Europe’s first commercial DMB-based mobile TV service.
Debitel launched its DMB service in Germany on Wednesday (May 31), enabling users to view World Cup 2006 soccer matches on mobile phones. The new service allows users to watch World Cup matches exclusively on Samsung SGH-P900 phones. The new phones will be available in Germany in June, Samsung said.
The 124-gram SGH-P900 phone also includes a 2-megapixel camera, music players and Bluetooth connectivity.
The T-DMB service will initially be offered in five German cities: Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt. It will eventually be offered in other major German cities, according to Samsung.
Samsung already provides satellite and terrestrial DMB phones for the Korean market. It supplies mobile TV phones for the Italian market and is talking with other European operators about future commercial launches of mobile TV services.