Qualcomm and Verizon Wireless have jointly announced that Qualcomm and its subsidiary MediaFLO are working together to launch mobile TV services over the MediaFLO network in approximately half of the markets already covered by Verizon Wireless’ CDMA2000 1xEV-DO-based broadband network. Verizon Wireless will be the first U.S. wireless service provider to offer MediaFLO when the network is commercially available.
Following the initial launch, Qualcomm and MediaFLO will continue to expand the MediaFLO network throughout other markets that cover the Verizon Wireless’ V CAST and BroadbandAccess service areas. Verizon Wireless plans to offer mobile TV service to its subscribers through MediaFLO-enabled EV-DO handsets and use the MediaFLO network to deliver mobile TV services when the network begins commercial operation.
“MediaFLO USA’s network will allow us to provide compelling real-time multimedia services to wireless customers, complementing our industry-leading wireless voice and data services — including our successful V CAST broadband multimedia service,” said John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “As we aggressively expand our mobile multimedia offerings, MediaFLO will help us continue providing the most innovative multimedia services in the nation.”
The nationwide network, based on Qualcomm’s FLO technology and using the MediaFLO Media Distribution System, will deliver multimedia content to mobile devices in the 700 MHz spectrum for which Qualcomm holds licenses with a nationwide footprint.