LONDON: The digital TV revolution is going global, says specialist information provider Informa, which estimates there will be 183 million digital homes around the world by the end of this year.

The researcher's Global Digital TV report predicts 500m homes will have access to digital TV by 2011, although 60% of TV households will still receive analog signals.

China is expected to be a major contributor to this increase by accounting for 98m of the extra homes - or 28% of the global increase in these years, says the report. Other significant rises are likely in the US, India and Japan.

Comments Informa's Adam Thomas: "Digital growth will accelerate as the decade progresses, especially outside North America and western Europe."

Despite the claims for the increasing popularity of broadband television, Informa believes just 35 million households will receive TV this way in five years time.

Data sourced from BBC Online; additional content by WARC staff