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Samsung, KT Freetel among those joining Qualcomm’s FLO Forum

FREMONT, Calif.-The FLO Forum, a four-month-old association formed to advance mobile TV technology, said nine new companies have joined its ranks.

The new members are South Korea’s EBS, KT Freetel, MSYS and Samsung Electronics; U.S.-based Ktech Telecom and Newport Media; Rohde & Schwarz from Germany; and Streamezzo and Teamcast of France. The companies join current members Amoi, BBEF, Harris Corp., Huawei, Korea Telecom, Kyocera, LG Electronics, LG Telecom, MediaFLO USA Inc., Pantech & Curitel, Qualcomm Inc., Roundbox, Sanyo Electric Co., Sharp Corp. and ZTE.

The news lends further push to Qualcomm’s mobile TV technology, MediaFLO. The company has plans to build a nationwide mobile TV network running on the proprietary technology. Tower company Crown Castle, Texas Instruments and Nokia Corp. are pushing a rival network running on the DVB-H mobile TV standard.

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