BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Commission announced on Monday that it will approve a mobile TV standard developed by Nokia and its partners.

Currently, the Digital Video Handheld (DVB-H) standard is the most popular for delivering mobile TV content in Europe, between the trials and commercial launch in 16 countries. Other standards in regions such as Asia and the United States are in direct competition with the technology.

According to Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for the Information Society and Media, mobile TV technology must be more closely evaluated before it can be widely used in Europe.

"For mobile TV to take off in Europe, there must first be certainty about the technology," she said. "The next steps for implementing the EU strategy on mobile broadcasting will include guidance on the authorization regimes, as well as the promotion of rights-management systems based, as is DVB-H, on open standards," she said.