China Business News, 12/07/07
A CCMB Alliance insider has revealed that the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) is to pick up the RMB 150 mln tab for the second round of CMMB equipment procurement for networks in 37 cities. The money is to come from earmarked funds from the Ministry of Finance.
Results of the bidding will be revealed around December 10 on a government IT procurement website. The first round of procurement concluded on August 28 and saw RMB 1.5 mln in orders go to Lenovo Mobile, ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ), Aigo, Goke Technologies and NeoNetech.
According to an insider with Innofidei, CMMB will operate for free for a certain length of time, and users will be able to view mobile TV by inserting a data card into their mobile phone - there will be no need to purchase a new handset. There are currently ten channels on CMMB.
The 37 cities to map out CMMB - Olympic host cities, provincial capitals, and other major cities - include: Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenyang, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Harbin, Changchun, Dalian, Hohhot, Urumqi, Lhasa, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Lanzhou, Zhengzhou, Jinan, Nanjing, Xining, Xi'an, Yinchuan, Chengdu, Guiyang, Kunming, Changsha, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Haikou, Nanning, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Nanchang, and Hefei.