DOCSIS 3.0 boosts broadband CPE market

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released vendor market share standings and market highlights from its first quarter (1Q12) “Broadband CPE and Subscribers: PON, FTTH, Cable, and DSL” report.

“The growth we’re seeing in wideband (DOCSIS 3.0) CPE revenue shows that the infrastructure investments made by operators in DOCSIS 3.0 equipment over the past few years are now paying off in new subscribers and upgrades to existing subscribers’ services,” notes  Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research. “North America is a hotbed for wideband activity right now, with wideband CPE shipments up more than 50 per cent from the same time last year, illustrating that the cable companies are making a consistent effort to move subscribers to DOCSIS 3.0 service tiers. This is something we haven’t seen until now.”

Broadband CPE market highlights incude:
– The global broadband customer premises equipment market, including DSL, cable, and FTTH CPE, grew 4 per cent in 1Q12 over 4Q11 to $1.76 billion
– The seesaw battle between  Huawei and ZTE for overall broadband CPE revenue share continues: Huawei took back the top spot in 1Q12, slightly edging out ZTE; both vendors are leading suppliers of FTTH CPE to China Telecom and China Unicom
– The cable CPE segment showed the strongest growth, with revenue up 10 per cent quarter over quarter, driven primarily by DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades in North America
– FTTH CPE continues to grow, with 1.25G EPON optical network terminal (ONT) and 2.5G GPON ONT residential gateway revenue up by double digits in 1Q12

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