Bluetooth pitched as national standard for China

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has made the core specifications of the Bluetooth short-range wireless networking technology available to a research institute overseen by China's Ministry of Information Industry (MII) in a bid to have the technology made a national standard in China.

The Bluetooth specification has been made available to the Institute of Posts and Telecommunications Industry Standardization, which is part of MII's China Academy of Telecommunication Research in Beijing. The specification has been licensed to Chinese government researchers for them to translate and distribute, but not to modify or sub-license, the Bluetooth SIG said in a statement.

Bluetooth SIG hopes that sharing its technology with MII researchers will smooth the way for Bluetooth to become a national standard in China, spurring wider adoption of the technology by Chinese companies, the group's statement said. Bluetooth SIG currently has more than 1,000 member companies in Asia, including 160 Chinese companies, it said.

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