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Far EasTone denies mobile TV move


Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信) yesterday denied it was in talks with handset chipmaker Qualcomm Inc to jointly enter the nation’s mobile TV business.

Far EasTone said Qualcomm only agreed to help it better understand mobile TV technology through a non-binding memorandum of understanding signed on Tuesday, according to a stock exchange filing.

In a joint statement released on Tuesday, Neville Meijers, the senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm MediaFLO Technologies, said the company is now “in discussions with Far EasTone to determine the right business model and structure of a possible MediaFLO venture.”

However, Far EasTone spokeswoman Alison Kao (高治華) said yesterday the two companies have not discussed a future joint bid for a mobile TV license, refuting a report by the Chinese-language Economic Daily News that said Far EasTone is planning to form a mobile TV venture with Qualcomm and bid for a TV license.

The National Communications Commission is expected to auction off UHF spectrum frequencies early next year and sell two mobile TV licenses for telecom operators to provide real-time datacasting services, interactive advertising, e-publications, games and other multimedia content via mobile devices.

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