South Korea is poised to nudge past Japan in commercializing satellite digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB), thanks in large part to its strength in the cell phone industry. TU Media, the affiliate of Korea’s No. 1 mobile carrier SK Telecom, plans to start the world’s first handset-based satellite DMB services next Monday. By contrast, Japan’s Mobile Broadcasting Corp. (MBCo) has been suffering setbacks in drawing customers to its newly launched DMB services with non cell-phone terminals.
Experts point out that cell phones are a key factor in the competition as they are expected to help Korea secure the come-from-behind victory against Japan. Full story Here.