Silicon startup BroadLogic Network Technologies and Beijing Capital Assets Management (CAM) will develop and deploy a digital video network designed to carry programming to small- and medium-sized communities that have little or no access to broadcast or cable television.
The resulting "China Rural Digital Cable System" will team BroadLogic's channel-bonding "WideBand" silicon with CAM's satellite platform.
The companies estimated that 70 percent of China's population lives in rural areas with limited access to broadcast- or cable-delivered video programming.
CAM, a government-owned company, said it is playing a part in China's decision to enhance the infrastructure in rural areas over the next six years, emphasizing distance learning and communications.
The first region to benefit will be SiChuan Province, an agricultural area with a population of 87 million. CAM said it has received the green light to test the rural digital cable system in early 2007. If all goes well, it will deploy the system across the province in 2008, and then introduce the platform to other provinces.