KPN to trial TV service over LTE

Dutch incumbent KPN has announced that it is to trial a live, interactive TV service over its LTE network. The trial will start later in March, run for three months and involve a number of subscribers to KPN’s multi-play service KPN Compleet.

Trial users will not be charged for their TV consumption and KPN said in a release that it wants to use the trial to monitor how customers on both iOS and Android devices use interactive TV services on mobile.

The 10th annual LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, is taking place on the 23rd-26th June 2014, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Click here to download a brochure for the event.

A number of TV stations are participating in the trial, including Comedy Central, Kindernet, Nickelodeon, MTV, Discovery Channel, Videotheek TV, CNN, één, BBC World News, Ketnet Canvas, TV5, Xite, National Geographiv, TLC and Animal Planet.

The trial does not involve LTE-Broadcast technology, although KPN is working on LTE-Broadcast with Ericsson, and has previously suggested that trials would begin in early 2014.

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