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Rumor: China to Expand Convergence Trials to 31 Cities

iFeng Tech, 7/04/11

The State Council's convergence leading group has announced plans to accelerate the issuance of licenses for cable TV operators and telecom operators to offer one another's services following a review of efforts in China's 12 convergence trial cities, said an industry source, and to expand convergence trials to 31 provincial capitals by early 2012.

Three investigative teams reported that government and industry efforts in the 12 cities has led to the basic completion of broadband network upgrades and bi-directional cable DTV conversion work, but that other work, such as connecting IPTV integrated broadcast and control platforms to telecom operator networks, or issuing licenses to allow telecom and cable TV operators to respectively provide television and internet services, has moved slowly.

Based on these results, the leading group office has instructed local telecom and broadcasting authorities to issue licenses as soon as possible, including licenses for cable TV internet services, internet data transmission value added services, domestic VoIP telephony services, IPTV transmission, and mobile video distribution services.

The source also revealed that convergence trials will be expanded to the capital of 31 provinces in late 2011 or early 2012, and convergence work will be rolled out nationwide once conditions have matured.

Keywords: regulation wireless bi-directional convergence Internet IPTV broadband conversion telecom television VoIP mobile video DTV cable TV State Council

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