China's three-network integration pilot project, which was expected to be revealed on June 25, has finally come out.
The Notice of the State Council General Office on the Disclosure of the First Batch of Regions (Cities) for the Tri-Networks Integration Pilot Project was posted on http://www.gov.cn on July 1. The list includes Beijing, Shanghai, Harbin, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Dalian, Mianyang and Changzhutan.
According to sources, the tri-networks integration is now speeding up in China. Following the disclosure of the first batch of cities, the second and third batches of cities will soon be published. Meanwhile, relevant authorities will launch relevant support policies very soon.
The project will not be implemented in an indiscriminate way
The first batch of cities includes 4 provincial capitals, 4 sub-provincial cities, 1 prefecture-level city (Mianyang), 1 urban agglomeration (including Changsha, Zhuzhou and Xiangtan) and two municipalities directly under the central government (Beijing and Shanghai)
On July 1, the Coordinating Group for Tri-Networks Integration under the State Council ratified a plan, making Beijing, Dalian, Harbin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Qingdao, Wuhan, Changzhutan, Shenzhen and Mianyang become the first batch of cities.
The State Council General Office stated in the notice that some provincial (regional and municipal) government bodies recommended some cities to the coordinating group, and the group then examined these cities and included some up to relevant standards onto the list. The general office also said that it has published the list so as to facilitate the implementation of the pilot project and relevant government bodies and the State Council will conduct the implementation.
It is said that more than 20 cities were submitted to the coordinating group. According to a plan, China will focus on integration of telecommunication and cable TV networks between 2010 and 2012. However, the convergence of the three networks in China is now speeding up.
"The tri-network convergence should not create too many limitations, but should extend its scope to every qualified city," said Yang Peifang, the general secretary of Telecommunications Economic Experts Commission under the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The convergence of the three networks is developing at an orderly pace. “This group of pilot cities is just the first group and the second and third group of cities will be coming soon. The convergence of the three networks is scheduled to be completed in five years, but it actually might only take three years to be completed. The general consumers are willing to see the completion of the mergence of three networks, because China has a relative good foundation for the three networks mergence, and the project is in accord with the national and the people’s interest,” said Zeng Jianqiu, the head of the Research Institute of Three Networks Mergence under the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.
"Many cities in the southern parts of the country have achieved the convergence of the three networks. Beijing has a relatively good foundation but the pace is too slow. After being included in the pilot cities, Beijing has played a major role among the pilot cities. Meanwhile, the convergence of three networks will be rapidly developed throughout the entire country using Beijing as an example," said experts.
"The pilot cities on the list are those that would be expected and are mainly concerned with the foundation of convergence of three networks as well as the regulations previously released by the government. Therefore, the list has a special significance. We will extend the scope of the convergence of the three networks through the new urban agglomeration plan. The 12 new pilot cities also show the rapid improvement in the convergence process of the three networks," said Zeng.
"The pilot list is decided by various factors, including the previous goal of the pilot program and the quantitative restriction base on the inspection of the broadband users as well as the digital standard level," said Zeng Huiming, the CEO of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, "The timetable of the second and third group of pilot cities will be based on the actual situation of the first group."