According to a report in ChinaTechNews, China's state administration of radio, film and television (SARFT) will issue ten local IPTV licenses to Shanghai Media Group (SMG). SMG and CCTC already received IPTV licenses from the government, but sources say those only were operational rights, meaning the companies can run IPTV services once they reach agreements with local telecom operators and are approved by SARFT. The upcoming ten licenses will be more localized and will overlap with China Netcom and China Telecom's service areas: Heihe, Mudanjiang, Dalian, Shenyang and Panjin for China Netcom and Xi'an, Fuzhou, Taizhou, Xiamen and Hanzhong for China Telecom.
For more on SMG's upcoming IPTV licenses:
- see this article from ChinaTechNews