Now soon you will be able to stream videos on your mobile without SIM card or internet connection. For this, work is being done on direct-to-mobile broadcast technology.
Information and Broadcast Secretary Apoorva Chandra said at a broadcast summit on Tuesday that D2M is a domestic technology. Soon it will be trialled in 19 cities and 470-582 MHz spectrum will be reserved for it. However, talks are being held with telecom companies in this regard.
Chandra said that shifting 25-30% of video traffic to D2M will reduce congestion on 5G networks, thereby accelerating digital transformation in the country. Last year, pilot projects for testing D2M technology were run in Bengaluru, Dutva Path and Noida.
Chandra said that D2M technology will help in reaching about 8-9 crore homes across the country. Out of 28 crore households in the country, only 19 crore have television sets. There are more than 80 crore users of smartphones, which will increase to 100 crore by 2026 and 69% of the content reaching the users is in video format.
Therefore, the government is considering the phone as the biggest platform to send TV content to more people. The government wants to broadcast education and emergency services through it.
It is a combination of broadband and broadcast. D2M is the same technology by which FM radio is transmitted on mobile phones. The receiver installed in the phone will catch the radio frequency. For this, there are preparations to use 526-582 megahertz band. This band is currently used for TV transmitters.
With the help of this technology, you will be able to enjoy TV channels on your mobile phone just as you enjoy them at home without internet. You will also be able to watch OTT content at a very low price, that too without any data charges. This technology is like D2H.
Last June, IIT Kanpur published a white paper on D2M transmission and 5G convergence roadmap in the country. It said that broadcasters will be able to provide regional TV, radio, educational content, emergency alert system, disaster related information, video and data-driven apps through D2M network. These apps will run without internet and the prices will also be low.