The Finnish government said it has launched a tender process for Europe's first mobile digital television broadcasting license in a bid to boost such innovative services as mobile TV broadcasting via

sannaLONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Finnish government said it has launched a tender process for Europe's first mobile digital television broadcasting license in a bid to boost such innovative services as mobile TV broadcasting via in-car TV or live TV to mobile terminals. The license would also mean that laptops and PDAs would be able to receive digital TV signals.

The government has invited applications for the 20-year license, which will see the winner take charge of the transmission network and the management of a digital mobile television multiplex. The winner of the license will be announced early next year.

Applicants will be expected to use the Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) standard technology.

Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications Susanna Huovinen said the nation wants to encourage technical innovation in a country with a strong track record in mobile technology advances.

Finland, home to leading mobile manufacturer Nokia, has long been at the forefront of European mobile technology development.

"The government wants to actively encourage new innovations and create a favorable environment for Finnish enterprises," Huovinen said in a statement.

"The technological development has reached a suitable stage and there is no reason to delay," she added, pointing out that mobile television operations have successfully been trialed in the Finnish capital city of Helsinki.

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