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  • China Expects 100 Million Cable TV Users by 2000
  • May 26, 1998 (BEIJING) -- China is expected to have 100 million cable TV customers by the year 2000.
    Government departments estimate that 70 million households have cable TV in China, and the number is growing 10 percent annually.

    Cable TV customers accounted for 17 percent of the households in the country.

    At present, 9 percent of Chinese households have telephones and 1.2 percent have computers.

    The government has approved over 1,200 cable TV companies, which have cable networks in over 70 percent of the cities and counties.

    The government is using foreign funds to put together a national network.

    The next step is to connect the national hub to provincial and then to county hubs.

    Fred Yang of Philips Broadband Networks China said that both foreign and Chinese companies are focusing on tapping the broadband communication capacity of China's network, which will be used for entertainment and for telephone, data and electronic business services.

    Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Dalian already have interactive cable TV networks that combine broadcast, telecommunications and Internet functions.

    (Xinhua News Agency)

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    Updated: Mon May 25 18:00:35 1998