China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has called a halt to IPTV services provided by Guangxi Telecom, a subsidiary of China Telecom.
SARFT said that the Guangxi Telecom launched IPTV operations earlier this month without permission. IPTV transmissions and operations in 14 cities in Guangxi have now been halted.
Under Chinese regulations, companies are required to obtain four licences before starting IPTV operations. The most important licence is the IPTV licence, which covers programme 'publication' via the Internet.