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MING-T is a joint European and Chinese project funded by the European Commission within the framework of the FP6-IST programme. The project started on 01. Jan 2007 and ran until 31. March 2009. The project software, testbed, and prototypes were demonstrated in a public field-trial, on occasion of the projects Experts' Workshop, held on 24/03/2009 in Beijing.

Read on for an "executive summary" of the project, or select one of the entries from the navigation menu for detailed background information about mobile broadcast networks, the project's scope and goals, and our research results and reports. Visit the "Overview" section for a thorough but largely non-technical description of the project, and the "Downloads" section for promotional material and whitepapers.

Of course, parts of the website are used for project-internal documents; you will have to login as a member to access documents from those sections. 

The acronym MING-T is short for "Multistandard Integrated Network convergence for Global Mobile and Broadcast Technologies". This rather long title actually describes the motivation and goals of the project very well: As we move towards an information era of widespread information availability, an effective system of convergence among the new broadcasting technologies, internet technology, and mobile systems becomes increasingly important. Countries are deploying multiple broadcast technologies; it will remain a key challenge for the industry and user communities to provide a uniform platform to content providers, and convergence is critical to overcoming this challenge.

The goal of MING–T is to research, develop, prototype, integrate and validate the interoperability and handover issues of the representative mobile digital broadcast standards developed in China and Europe. MING­­­–T will address the issues of convergence between broadcast standards and mobile communications network technologies. A further goal of the project is to foster cooperation between Europe and China in both industry and research communities. The project will particularly address the convergence of the European DVB-H standard with the emerging Chinese DTMB standard, with a view to providing a harmonized framework. In addition, the project will consider the convergence between broadcast and mobile technology networks to provide a unified platform for the delivery of services to mobile terminals. Finally, the project will cover how to deliver these services with a consistent level of quality to rich media applications across mixed broadcast networks, and in particular how scalable video coding may address this issue.

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