Technology Apr 27

China to boost high-speed TV

Networks to be updated to manage latest internet protocols, say ministries

by Nadeem Xu
China to boost high-speed TV
Flat-screen televisions for sale at a consumer electronics store in 2008. Photo: Wikipedia

(ATF) China will update its internet TV network infrastructure to promote Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) based services, according to the National Radio and Television Administration.

By the end of the third quarter of 2020, the upgrading of China’s internet TV-related networks and critical equipment, as well as all the software and hardware sections of integrated internet TV platforms, will have been completed.

The move is part of China’s measures to implement a national plan to encourage the large-scale adoption of IPv6, according to a circular jointly issued by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the National Radio and Television Administration.

IPv6 is the latest version of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the internet. It allows much higher theoretical limits on the number of IP addresses than the current IPv4 system.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), a non-profit organization, began to develop the IPv6 standard in 2018. In July 2017, the IEF ratified the IPv6 as an internet standard.