China Business News, 12/19/07
The Ministry of Information Industry (MII) has issued 25 recommended industry standards, including requirements for cross-network point-to-point multimedia messages (MMS), to come into effect from March 1 next year. 20 of the 25 standards are related to the HSDPA TD-SCDMA standard, with two covering WCDMA and CDMA2000.
A Datang Mobile official indicated that the standards are aimed at allowing cross-network sending of MMS to and from TD-SCDMA networks - and can be seen as a precursor to large-scale commercial use of TD-SCDMA networks.
China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) and China Unicom's (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) MMS services will fall under the scope of these standards, but technical and charging differences between the operators meant that it was only in May this year that it became possible to send MMS between the two operators' networks. In April the MII issued 42 industry standards on MMS services, which came into effect on October 1. These did not specifically address TD-SCDMA networks.