They reported "excellent signal reception, with no loss of signal" around Rome, including from Ciampino Airport about 15 km southeast of Rome and Fiumicino Airport, about 25 km west of the capital.
Within Rome, however, they found no signal in 20 percent of the city. The cause was a faulty transmitter
According to Landi, excellent coverage was also observed around Milan, from Milan south to Genoa (about 60 km) and from Milan east to the Linate airport (20 km). Landi noted that the signal was never lost while in his car, even while driving up to 100 miles per hour.
Initialization time was about 15 seconds and it took an "acceptable" six seconds to change channels. "We recognize it should be improved for next generations," the executives said.
Meanwhile, a consultant hired by Microtune reported an initialization time of about 20 seconds and 40 seconds to receive a "no service" notification.
The DiBcom execs gave a thumbs-up to mobile TV picture and resolution. "You can also see the ball in a football stadium with half the stadium displayed on the screen," they reported. Indoor coverage was mostly deemed adequate and sometimes better.
Battery life ramains a concern for both mobile TV users and chip vendors. The DiBcom executives said they watched TV on their handsets for three hours without recharging.
While three-hour usage may seem reasonable, varying network conditions could easily change the math. The DVB-H standard uses a time-slicing method to enable low power consumption. Under the spec., data is received only 1/10th of the time so that power consumption should be in the range of 1/10th of the continuous mode power consumption (e.g., 50 mW instead of 500 mW).
If mobile performance is poor, however, then locking time increases. This increases power consumption dramatically. For multiple services, power consumption will be even greater, according to DiBcom.