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D2M Technology

Context: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has set up a committee to study the feasibility of a spectrum band for offering broadcast services directly to users’ smartphones. 

About the Technology: 

  • Direct-to-mobile (D2M) broadcasting promises to improve broadband consumption and the utilisation of spectrum. 
  • It is based on the convergence of broadcast and broadband, using which mobile phones can receive terrestrial digital TV. 
  • Using D2M, multimedia content can be beamed to phones directly.
  • It can be used to broadcast live news, sports etc., on mobile phones. It can be further used to counter fake news, issue emergency alerts and offer assistance in disaster management. 
  • The technology will allow the rural population with limited or no internet access to watch video content.

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