Sales of digital set-top boxes in China rose by an estimated 77% in 2005, according to a new report published by IMS Research. In 2005, digital set-top box revenues (excluding export revenues) were estimated at around $234m. That figure is forecast to rise to $893m in 2010, largely fueled by the digital cable market.
Digital cable set-top revenues in 2005 are estimated to achieve a 180% growth over 2004, according to IMS' report, Chinese Market for Digital Set-Top Boxes—2006 Edition.
Senior IMS analyst Richard Jun Li said: "The [Chinese] government authorities have shown strong support for digital cable TV to replace analogue TV services, hence resulting in strong growth in this segment. In addition, the fast-growing Chinese economy is stimulating the increased use of digital set-top boxes as average household income grows."
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