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China vows to speed up convergence of TV, Internet, phone

China will push ahead the convergence of television, Internet and telecom services in 2012, said Miao Wei, China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology today, Xinhua reports.

The tri-network integration, which allows users to access television, Internet and mobile phone services through a single device, was listed in the government work report last year as one of the emerging strategic industries for priority development and slated for completion by 2015.

The government will expand pilot projects to all the municipalities, provincial capitals and other eligible cities next year, Mr Miao said.

Last year, only 12 cities were chosen for the trial, including two municipalities, Beijing and Shanghai, and four provincial capitals, Harbin, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Wuhan.

China achieved some progress in facilitating connections of broadcast and telecommunications networks in 2011 and was able to provide consumers with products and services, Mr Miao said.

By the end of November, China’s Internet protocol television (IPTV) users had exceeded 11 million, while mobile video subscribers have surpassed 40 million.

The country will strengthen information security as it continues to press ahead development of the IPTV and mobile video next year, Mr Miao added.