China Business News, 7/01/09
Shenzhen-based handset manufacturer Hesens Communications Technology has announced that its Hesens i01 "Video King" CDMA/CMMB handset has received a network access permit from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)'s China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) and has already shipped over 8,000 units.
A Hesens employee said that having completed the legal formalities and inspection and testing by MIIT and China Telecom Guangdong Research Institute for network access, the company can now become one of China Telecom's (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) handset suppliers. Records show that the i01 received network access permit 02-8264-902264 on June 5.
A source at Chinese handset manufacturer Tianyu added that Tianyu has also produced a CDMA/CMMB handset, but has yet to receive a network access permit. An employee at China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL) had not heard of any CDMA/CMMB terminal receiving a permit, but was also not sure whether there had been any change or relaxation of policy.
Editor's Note: Recent report stated that Lu Xiangdong, vice president of China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) has revealed that the company signed a cooperation agreement last month with the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) that will make China Mobile the exclusive cooperation partner for the CMMB mobile television standard for the next 3 to 4 years.