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March 16, 2009 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

Briefly Noted: Updates, Observations and Trends

Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations you might have missed. This month's briefs focus on HDTV and UWB in China, WiMAX deployments and hopes for US policy on broadband-related technologies.

HDTV in China

An IMS Research study "The Worldwide Market for High-Definition TV Equipment & Services" has concluded that 46 million homes in twenty-five Chinese cities have converted from analog to digital cable. While satellite is expected to serve the majority of HDTV households in the Asia Pacific region, in China cable is expected to be the dominant digital platform by the end of 2009. ( www.imsresearch.com )

UWB

The WiMedia Alliance announced that China’s Ministry of Information Industry Technology (MIIT) has approved spectrum use for UWB in China. China joins a growing number of markets worldwide which have approved UWB use, including the USA, EU, Korea and Japan. ( www.wimedia.org )

WiMAX

The WiMAX Forum has announced that 802.16 networks now cover 430m people worldwide and are on a path to nearly double to 800m pops by end of 2010. This is based on almost 460 deployments in 135 countries, and new roll-outs will be driven by auctions in India and Brazil, among others. ( www.wimaxforum.org )

US Policy--We're Waiting

After years of being "underwhelmed" with the progress made on rural broadband, digital health technologies and smart grid technology, we are hopeful that the US economic stimulus package will start realizing some of the possibilities these technologies offer. The $787 billion stimulus packages allocates $7.2 billion for broadband grant and loan programs, an estimated $4.3 billion for smart grid-related projects and $19 billion for health information technology. Let's hope it is spent wisely.

As part of the Obama administration's technology support, they have created two new positions: chief information officer (CIO) of the US and US CTO. The CIO position--responsible for policy and strategic planning of federal information technology investments--is being filled by Vivek Kundra, former chief technology officer of the District of Columbia. The CTO position has not yet been defined but is expected to focus on overall technology policy.