Two Companies OKed to Launch CMMB-based 3G Mobile Phones
Two Chinese mobile phone makers have gained licenses from the Chinese regulators to launch two models of 3G mobile phones based on the country's homebrewed China Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting (CMMB) standard, disclosed sources familiar with the matter on December 28.
In detail, Hisense Group is authorized to launch Hisense TM86 and its peer Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. is licensed to roll out Coolpad 6168V, according to one source, noting that both models are based on the nation's homemade TD-SCDMA technology.
The move signals that more and more CMMB-enabled mobile phones will come into the market in line with the nationwide deployment of the CMMB networks.
The country is scheduled to build up the CMMB networks in more than 100 cities ahead of 2009, and kick off commercial operation of the networks as earliest as the second half of 2009, said an official for the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).