Tibet launches project on Tibetan text message service


    A ceremony was held in Lhasa on Friday to mark the launch of the joint research project on Tibetan language short message service (SMS).

    Jointly undertaken by Xinhua News Agency, China Mobile and Tibet University, the project is designed to make it possible to send short messages in the Tibetan language.

    Dai Zhong, general manager of the China Mobile Tibet Branch, said that the project, based on the Windows mobile and symbian mobile phone operating systems, will help    download the Tibetan language software package from the Internet and realize real-time peer-to-peer SMS.

    Tibet University and China Mobile will be responsible for the development of the software platform, while Xinhua News Agency will undertake to provide the contents of Tibetan short messages.

    The China Mobile Tibet Branch and the Xinhua News Agency Tibet Branch opened the "mobile Xinhua news" short message service in March 2008. Among the one million mobile phone users in Tibet, 300,000 subscribe to such a service, receiving ten short messages in the Han language everyday, covering major events happening in Tibet and other parts of China.

    In Tibet, more than 80 percent of the Tibetans live in vast agricultural and pastoral areas hard of access to transportation services and information.

    The project will thus enable Tibetan farmers and herders to receive the "mobile Xinhua news" in both Han and Tibetan languages.

    Ding Yexian, a Tibet Autonomous Regional Government official, said that the launch and operation of the Tibetan SMS will create conditions for Tibetans to promptly learn the latest political, economic, scientific and cultural information.

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