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ETSI’s HbbTV 2.0.1 Standard

       Implemented in the UK and Italy

       Over 20 Countries Worldwide Benefit from HbbTV Services

       The newly published ETSI specification   HbbTV allows broadcasters to
       TS 102 796 V1.4.1 on hybrid broadcast   include advanced interactive services   HbbTV is now a global
       broadband TV (HbbTV) will allow the   and Internet applications such as    success with over 20
       United Kingdom and Italy to implement   information services, catch-up     countries using hybrid
       the latest technologies in their     services, video-on-demand, electronic   broadcast broadband
       receivers.                           programme guide, and interactive      TV services
                                            advertising. Users can access these
       With the large installed base of     services through connected TVs, set-top   Products and services using the HbbTV
       receivers in the UK and Italy, there   boxes, and through the connection   standard can operate over different
       will be a transitional period where   with a companion screen, on smart   DVB broadcasting technologies, such as
       broadcasters will provide apps and   phones, computers and tablets.       satellite, cable, or terrestrial networks.
       services in both the old (respectively
       MHEG and MHP) and new formats,
       before manufacturers gradually
       upgrade their equipment to provide full   HbbTV Deployment Map
       HbbTV support in 2017.

      “Having the UK and Italy switch to
       HbbTV is a big step for the broadcasting
       sector. It shows how the whole industry
       can move forward and benefit from
       the economies of scale with a single
       standard", said Simon Fell, chairman
       of ETSI joint Technical Committee
       Broadcast. "We hope more and more
       countries will implement HbbTV

       Having started in France and Germany,
       HbbTV is now a global success with
       over 20 countries using hybrid                             300s services               in regular operation
       broadcast broadband TV services,                           25 deployed countries       announced / trials
       250 apps deployed and 300 million                          43M devices (TV or STB)     under consideration
       powered devices.

       ETSI Workshop Considers Evolution

       of Rail Mobile Communications

       Developing the Next Generation Radio for Rail
       ETSI’s first workshop on the next    ETSI invited all stakeholders interested   spectrum needs and opportunities, to
       generation radio for rail took place on   in the development of GSM-R and   evaluate the attractiveness of future
       2-3 November at ETSI headquarters,   its evolution to participate in this   technologies and to consider synergies
       Sophia Antipolis. As European rail   event. This was the opportunity to   with other sectors. These themes were
       operators are finalizing the roll-out of    exchange information on the current   addressed in four different tracks, each
       GSM-R, the railway telecommunications    status of work, on both short term   followed by a Q&A session.
       system standardized by ETSI, the     and long term developments, to better
       mobile industry has started working   understand the challenges, benefits,   To know more about the event, go to:
       on the standards for a 5G mobile                                
       communication system. It is therefore
       time to consider the evolution of
       railway telecommunications beyond

       ETSI is the home of the GSM-R standard,
       developed in our Technical Committee
       for Railway Telecommunications (TC
       RT). In parallel, 3GPP, of which ETSI
       is a founding partner, has launched a
       study item on future railway mobile
       communication system.

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