China: Internet map licenses not granted to Google and Microsoft

Google and Microsoft’s Bing did not apply for the Internet map service licenses which was granted by China to first batch of 31 Chinese and joint-venture operators, sparking speculation about their future operations in that country.

China which has tightened rules over circulation of maps in the internet citing security reasons, granted licenses to the operators including, a map publisher, several map service providers affiliated with Chinese portals such as Baidu.com and Sina.com.

A dozen state-owned local research institute or mapping bureaus, obtained a class-A license from State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping (SBSM).

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