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South Korean Mobile Broadcasting Service Launches in Mongolia

Mongolia joins Korea, Norway and Cambodia for commercialized mobile digital media broadcasting (T-DMB) services.

SEOUL -- A new mobile digital media broadcasting (T-DMB) service that was developed in South Korea launched recently in Mongolia, the Korean culture ministry announced.

The pilot service for the Mongolian T-DMB endeavor will begin with four free channels and will add five more early next year before eventually becoming paid services. 

The T-DMB service has become the international standard since it was developed in 2007. Korea adopted the medium that year, followed by Norway in 2008 and Cambodia in 2009. Vietnam and Laos are also considering commercialization of the service.

Since 2011, the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has been providing locally developed broadcasting equipment and the technological consultation required to launch the pilot service and the commercialization of T-DMB service in Mongolia.

UBDMB, the Mongolian T-DMB service provider, and UNITEL, Mongolia's second largest mobile telecommunications company, have taken part in the pilot service. The launching event took place Dec. 12 in Ulaanbaatar and was attended by state officials from Korea and Mongolia.

"I am glad that Mongolia's mobile broadcasting service has started with Korean T-DMB technologies," said Balgansuren Batsukh, chairman of the Mongolian Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC). "I hope the two countries will cooperate further on technological exchanges and in the field of broadcasting and telecommunications."