The number of homes taking internet protocol television (IPTV) services in China will pass the 23m mark by 2012, according to ABI Research.
ABI said a number of recent developments was helping to redraw the Chinese telecommunications landscape. Research analyst Serene Fong commented: "More operators than ever are offering multiple services in an attempt to retain customers and to increase revenue. Telecom operators are venturing into the TV industry, while cable operators move into the voice business."
According to ABI, IPTV is the Chinese government's platform of choice because it is aligned to its long-term plan of unifying broadband, internet, and television.
"The growth of IPTV will remain modest for now, and take off only after 2008. Adoption will be boosted by major events such as the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and then the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai," said Fong, who warned that lack of programming content was proving a short-term barrier to rapid uptake.
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