China sets 1H 2010 for network standards
Standards for a next-generation network for triple-play services in China will be introduced in the first half of 2010, Interfax-China reported last week. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) is currently working on the project.
SARFT wants to promote triple-play services as part of a next-generation network combining fixed-line, wireless and broadcast TV networks. A trial network in selected cities will start within three years, with the network to be available nationally within 10.
Despite growing broadband penetration, digital TV penetration remains relatively low. Digital TV subscriptions will rise by above 20% from 2008 to 2015 to reach 164 million subscribers at 2015, according to new forecasts by CompaniesandMarkets.com.
By the end of March 2009, China had 49.86 million digital TV users, less than one-third of the country’s 164 million cable TV users. The country has 400 million TV subscribers, of which 200 million are wireless TV users. Analogue TV will be halted before 2015.