China will shortly announce its own digital terrestrial TV broadcast standard, to be known as DMB-T/H, or Digital Multimedia Broadcast-Terrestrial/Hand-held.
The standard will allow both fixed and mobile digital TV reception and is expected to cover half of the country’s TV viewers. As part of the announcement, China will formally reject the DVB-T system employed in Europe.
DMB-T/H is derived from two rival propositions developed by Chinese Universities based in Shanghai and Beijing. Digital TV signals will be transmitted over both the UHF and VHFIII spectrum, and can support HD and SD broadcasts. As part of the country’s DTT trial, mobile digital TV services using the technology have been beamed successfully to taxis along with portable devices such as mobile phones and PDAs.