S-DMB (Satellite-DMB) was a hybrid version of the Digital Multimedia Broadcasting. The S-DMB used the S band (2170-2200 MHz) of IMT-2000. and delivered around 18 channels at 128 kbit/s in 15 MHz. It incorporated a high power geostationary satellite, the MBSat 1 (since 2013, sold to Asia Broadcasting Satellite (ABS) of China). For outdoor and light indoor coverage is integrated with a terrestrial repeater (low power gap-filler) network for indoor coverage in urban areas.

A similar architecture is also used in XM Satellite Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, DVB-SH and ETSI Satellite Digital Radio (SDR).

S-DMB deployment

On May 1, 2005 South Korea became the first country in the world to start S-DMB service. The service provider was TU Media, subsidiary of SK Telecom. The same satellite and system was used in Japan on the defunct MobaHo! service (2004–2009) of Mobile Broadcasting Corporation (MBCO).

S-DMB Supported Devices

Samsung (Anycall)

  • All the SCH-B Series. (E.g., SCH-B500, SCH-B540, SCH-B600, SCH-B890)
  • SCH-W920
  • SCH-M495 (Omnia)

Pantech (SKY)

  • IM-U140


  • SB310, SB210, SH150


  • ZN40

S-DMB Channels

  • Video Channels contain about 20 channels featuring news, sports, movies, animations, dramas, and educational programs. (E.g. CNN, National Geographic Channels, BBC.)
  • Audio Channels contain about 13 various channels including English channels. Sound quality is near CD quality at AAC 128kbit/s.
  • Extra 2 Pay Per View (PPV) channels for movies and adult channel.

See also

External links

  • (in Italian) Indagine conoscitiva sulla fornitura di servizi televisivi in mobilità from Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni
  • WinProp for the Planning of S-DMB Networks
  • IST MoDiS
  • IST MoDiS - S-DMB System Definition[permanent dead link]
  • ESA Telecommunications: S-DMB Radio Phase A
  • Development of an Integrated RF Module
  • 3G - Satellite DMB for Wireless
  • AsiaMedia - Satellite DMB soars, terrestrial DMB struggles