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Making Money from Mobile TV Advertising


The latest UMTS Forum white paper Mobile TV Advertising  suggests that operators are poised to unlock new revenue streams from video-driven advertising on mobile. However metrics, clear standards, self-regulation and partnerships all key to success, says the UMTS Forum.

Video-driven advertising on mobile will create a new wave of revenues for 3G network operators, says a new White Paper from the UMTS Forum. The paper argues that Mobile TV presents an obvious growth area for network operators and advertisers, thanks to obvious parallels with the broadcast television media industry.

However, the white paper also warns that the immense commercial potential this new medium depends on several critical success factors. These include:

  • Standard formats: Operators and the media industry need to define an inventory of standardised ‘templates’, allowing brand owners to create ad-driven TV content with confidence and at low cost.
  • Metrics: Brand owners need transparent measurement tools (plus independent auditing) to quantify the returns on their investment in Mobile TV advertising.
  • Accurate subscriber profiling: By sharing detailed demographic profile information about their subscribers, operators can help advertisers create more personalised, relevant campaigns targeting specific groups by age, interests, location etc.
  • Clear business models and a viable ecosystem: All actors must co-operate and fairly share incurred costs to support the monetisation of Mobile TV advertising, while protecting the interests of subscribers, operators and content owners.
  • Self regulation: Continued cross-national co-operation on regulatory aspects will be vital to build industry confidence and secure buy-in from advertisers, operators and viewers as well as other stakeholders.

Online advertising has already transformed the media landscape, drawing significant revenues away from print and other traditional channels. The evolution of a fertile eco-system now allows brand owners to invest with confidence in a range of online advertising platforms, from simple display and click-through banner adverts to paid search and sponsorship.
However the mobile industry and advertisers have not yet fully exploited the potential of advertising directly to customers via their phones. Mobile advertising to date has largely been confined to SMS and off-portal browsing. Advertising on mobile also provides the additional dimension of interactivity, allowing customers to respond directly to campaigns by clicking through links and on-screen banners.

“Success, however, depends on operators working hand-in-hand with the media industry and other actors to maximise potential revenues and reduce barriers to market. With clear interoperability, effective self-regulation and a fertile eco-system, advertisers will be able to reach mobile subscribers cost-effectively across multiple networks, platforms and devices to benefit from global economies of scale and maximise their returns”,
“Mobile TV and Mobile TV Advertising present a significant challenge to mobile operators, as they introduce them to a new line of business which had been previously reserved only for broadcasting companies", adds Peter Zidar, UMTS Forum Operators Group Chairman from Mobitel.

The white paper Mobile TV Advertising is now available for FREE download. The host of this week’s UMTS Forum General Assembly #46 is Mobitel, Slovenia’s leading mobile telecommunications operator. Mobitel provides cutting-edge technology and services to its customers, while keeping up with and supporting global mobile telecommunications development.


Founded in 1996, the UMTS Forum is an international industry association that is committed to the success of Third Generation (3G) UMTS mobile systems and their Long Term Evolution. Bringing together players from across the mobile industry on a peer-to-peer basis, the UMTS Forum promotes a common vision of 3G/UMTS and its evolution, as well as its worldwide commercial success, and conducts studies and reports on key focus areas such as markets & trends, spectrum & regulation, impact of technologies & implementation issues, and key growth markets. Membership of the UMTS Forum is open to everybody with an interest in 3G/UMTS mobile – including fixed and mobile network operators, infrastructure vendors, terminal device manufacturers, regulators, media/content providers and developers of 3G/UMTS services and applications.

Mobitel is a leading Slovenian mobile telecommunications operator offering cutting edge services. It cooperates with established industry’s technology, product and service suppliers, while developing its own innovative mobile solutions in accordance with the needs of the Slovenian market and users’ fashion, keeping development in Slovenian mobile telecommunications market comparable to the most advanced countries worldwide. Building long term relationships with customers, business partners and environment, results in Mobitel enjoying high reputation in Slovenia and abroad.
Mobitel today acts in the spirit of tomorrow; it is not only following but also creating worldwide trends, already implementing services of the future that enable convergence of speech, data processing and transporting, internet, video, television, advertising, local services and social networks.
For additional information please visit www.mobitel.si.