MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, Spain, February 13, 2008 – ARC International (LSE: ARK) today announced that NextWave Wireless Inc. (Nasdaq: WAVE), a global provider of mobile multimedia and broadband technologies, has taken a license for a configurable ARC solution to be incorporated into NextWave’s innovative Mobile TV receiver solution, which will be used as part of an integrated TDtv System in Package. Announced today as part of NextWave’s TDtv Device Integration Pack at Mobile World Congress (3GSM) in Barcelona, Spain, the TDtv SIP provides an easy solution to TDtv enable handsets and other devices. TDtv provides operators with a means of using existing 3G spectrum to deliver Mobile TV to consumers anywhere and anytime on any TDtv-enabled device while traveling at high speeds. This is part of a series of ARC customer announcements made today focused on the high-growth Mobile TV market. See related announcements dated February 13, 2008 from ARC International.
TDtv is a powerful 3GPP MBMS solution that provides mobile operators an opportunity to profitably deliver up to 28 high-resolution TV channels, digital audio channels, and other IP data-cast services to an unlimited number of concurrent customers. By operating on existing 3G spectrum and with the unique ability to support multi-carrier spectrum pooling and network sharing, TDtv represents a breakthrough in reducing the cost of implementing mobile television and provides UMTS operators around the world with a powerful multimedia and advertising platform.
“We have been using the configurable ARC 725D to create three generations of 3G wireless broadband products, and we have been very pleased with how easy it is to configure to exactly meet our performance and power consumption needs,” explained Roger Nichol, chief development officer at NextWave Network Products, a division of NextWave Wireless. “The new configurable ARC solution provides us with an extremely compact, low power solution for this battery powered application.”
“NextWave is an excellent example of a customer that uses our configurable technology to innovate and create unique solutions for the mobile broadcast and multimedia market,” said Bill Jackson, vice president of marketing at ARC. “Consumers are increasingly being provided multimedia access through WiFi and WiMAX hot spots and transportable content in flash memory. Mobile TV represents an emerging large volume market as consumers continue to drive system manufacturers for continuous multimedia content access anytime and anywhere. The three announcements today from customers targeting the Mobile TV market reflect ARC’s strategy of enabling customers to deliver an enhanced user experience to consumers in high volume applications."
TDtv is a 3GPP MBMS solution that provides mobile operators an opportunity to profitably deliver multiple, high-resolution TV channels, digital audio, or other IP data-cast services to an unlimited number of concurrent customers. In 2007, Vodafone, Telefónica, Orange, 3UK, and IPWireless announced successful results from a joint technical trial of TDtv in Bristol. The trial demonstrated TDtv’s ability to reliably deliver a large number of high-quality channels in 5 MHz of TDD spectrum with coverage comparable to WCDMA, but with far fewer cell sites. The trial also demonstrated the viability of dual-mode TDtv/WCDMA handsets as well as the ability of the technology to support full mobility at vehicular speeds. IPWireless was acquired by NextWave Wireless in May, 2007 and now operates as part of NextWave Wireless.
TDtv operates in the universal unpaired (TDD) 3G spectrum bands that are available across Europe and Asia at 1900 MHz and 2010 MHz. It enables UMTS operators to utilize their existing TDD spectrum to offer subscribers attractive mobile TV and multimedia packages without impacting their 3G voice and data services which use universal paired (FDD) 3G spectrum. In addition, the technology supports network sharing to further reduce deployment and operational costs.
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