ZTE to release 3D STBs operating Android

Louise Duffy | 08-10-2012

China’s second-largest maker of telephone equipment, ZTE, plans to release 3D set-top boxes (STBs) that will run Google’s Android operating system.

The STBs will allow video-calling functions, and support the HTML5 language for displaying internet content. They will be sold in the near future, according to ZTE.

The announcement comes after ZTE reached an agreement allowing the company access to the digital-TV systems of Kudelski’s Nagra division. It enables ZTE to sell intelligent STBs to customers of Nagra, which has a 70% share of Europe’s market for cable-TV devices, and 18% globally, ZTE said.

Meanwhile, in the US, a House intelligence committee report says ZTE, along with China's Huawei Technologies, poses a security threat and “cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence".