It is rumored that an assessment group made up of representatives from the Chinese Standards Administration (SAC), the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the State Administration of Film Radio and Television (SARFT) will conduct tests on the 5 largest mobile TV standards on November 15.
The tests will involve both laboratory and field tests, and will focus on environmental sensitivity and mobile speed. In total there will be 18 tests for the transmission system, as well as 15 functionality tests. Compatibility with mainstream international standards and prospects for adoption by international markets is another important consideration.
According to NuFront director and general manager Zhang Ming, the results of the test will be known within a week, and whichever standard has the best performance will become the new national standard. Due a variety of factors, including the imminent approach of the Olympics, the national standard for mobile TV will be formally implemented by the end of December.
As for previous rumors that the mobile TV standard would be a convergence of the major standards, Zhang doesn't agree, believing that in the end, it will be one standard that wins out.