China broadcasters to use homegrown mobile TV standard

Broadcasters in China's emerging mobile TV industry have been ordered to use Chinese technology standards instead of competing foreign systems, according to an Associated Press report.

The report said China was trying to develop its own standards for mobile communications and other technology, hoping to reduce reliance on foreign know-how and give its own companies a competitive edge.

The national broadcast regulator, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, ordered mobile TV broadcasters to use the STiMi standard developed by its own researchers, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

'The introduction of STiMi, which is China's independent intellectual property right, demonstrates that China has world-leading technology in the field, and will not have to submit to the standards of other countries,' an unidentified researcher was quoted in the report as saying.

STiMi stands for Satellite Terrestrial Interactive Multi-service Infrastructure.

China's high-tech companies could benefit if the country's systems were adopted as world standards, because they would have a head start in using it and could license technology abroad, the report said.