Vimio behind Digicel’s Caribbean mobile TV play

29 Jan 2007

Irish software company Vimio’s technology is to power the mobile TV service that is being rolled out by Denis O’Brien’s rapidly growing Digicel mobile network in Jamaica.

Digicel’s mobile TV service is available to the company’s post- and pre-paid customers in Jamaica over the company’s GSM/GPRS network.

Malachy Harkin, chief executive of Vimio, commented: “The adoption of Vimio’s Live TV offering by Digicel is a very strong endorsement of our technology.

“They enjoy a strong position in an important market, so the fact that we are supporting their mobile television initiative should act as an excellent customer reference.”

Digicel plans to expand its mobile offering across its network of 22 markets later this year in addition to including “made for mobile” channels, which will feature regularly updated blocks of programming and live TV streaming.

The service will be accessible on a range of Nokia and Sony Ericsson GPRS enabled handsets. The service will be charged on a per second basis.

“Vimio’s technology allows us to offer consumers a wide range of high quality live material, but also gives us the control we need in terms of content management and billing,” said Ralf Ohlhausen, group products director at Digicel.

“Mobile television is another great example of the exciting innovative services we’re able to offer with our world-class GSM/GPRS network,” Ohlhausen added.

By John Kennedy