Mon, May 11th 2009 8:01pm
Perhaps the most notable thing about mobile TV is how it's been right on the cusp of huge market success (if you believe its cheerleaders) for about five years. The fact remains that mobile TV isn't popular, and people just don't seem interested. But don't worry: the 2010 World Cup will make mobile TV popular, at least in Africa, says an exec from Nokia Siemens. Of course, that's the same thing people said before the Beijing Olympics, before the Euro 2008 soccer tournament, and before the last World Cup in 2006. What's different this time around? Apparently the fact that it's being held in South Africa will drive mobile TV adoption on the continent -- but in markets like Kenya, where the average monthly mobile spend is $4-$7, it's still hard to see much future for the services.
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