Tuesday, June 17, 2008

China Telecom Wants 574K IPTV Set-top Boxes

China Telecom launched a unified bidding process for 574,000 IPTV set-top boxes. The bid covers 536,000 SD and 38,000 HD units all with H.264 . China Telecom set this figure after consulting with its provincial branches on their growth plans for IPTV . The bidding is taking place through a unified framework managed by China Telecom, while each province is involved with its own procurement. Only Guangdong Telecom will not be ordering any terminals, as its IPTV platform will not be upgraded to the latest version of IPTV this year.

This bodes well for IPTV in China in 2008 and marks the start of HD services. It will be interesting to see if this rate of growth continues beyond the Beijing Olympics.

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