(SinoCast China Business Daily News via NewsEdge) China is going to launch two satellites for mobile multimedia broadcasting in May 2008, according to an expert involved in the formulation of the China Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting (CMMB) system, the recommended industrial standard announced by the country's broadcasting regulator in late October.
The commissioning of the satellite system is considered to be a significant step for the operation of China's independently-developed mobile multimedia broadcasting system, as the country plans to build a CMMB network with large-scale satellite signal as a major mode of signal coverage and the transmission on the ground as a complement, in view of the country's vast extension of territories with different development stages.
China's broadcasting administration will adopt the experience of the telecom department in building the network for next-generation telecom in the CMMB network project.
It will start to build a ground test network by the end of this year, and complete the test network in the middle of next year. System testing will start by then. The ground network for commercial use should be ready before the start of commercial operation test by the end of 2007.
It will also form a nationwide CMMB network with the commissioning of the satellite system in the first half of 2008 and by then officially start providing mobile multimedia broadcasting services, before the opening of the Beijing Olympics.
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