The world’s top cellphone maker Nokia has sold its enterprise mobile TV unit to India’s Wipro, a spokesman for Nokia said on Monday.
Nokia Mobile Broadcast Solution is essentially a DVB-H server platform for commercial mobile TV services, which can utilize the current TV content with minimal impact to the existing production systems. Nokia also offered training, implementation, integration, maintenance, and support services to facilitate the offering of commercial mobile TV services to consumers.
Nokia spoke about selling this unit: “We wanted to focus on the consumer side of things, the mobile TV client in the devices, rather than on the business-to-business side.”
Indian operators are expected to leverage video content extensively once the 3G auction takes place.
The Mobile Broadcast Solutions unit had about 40 employees and created software and hardware which enabled the mobile TV technology on the phone to find and access the broadcasting network.
“We wanted to focus on the consumer side of things, the mobile TV client in the devices, rather than on the business-to-business side,” said the spokesman.
Mobile television broadcasting, the hottest upcoming feature for cellphones only a few years ago, has found little demand anywhere in the world.