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Broadband cable equipment market up 14%

December 14, 2011

Market research firm Infonetics Research has released excerpts from its third quarter CMTS and Edge QAM Hardware and Subscribers market share and forecast report, which tracks cable broadband equipment and subscribers.

“While the cable broadband equipment market experienced its normal seasonal slowness in the third quarter, the important data to note is the year-over-year growth: global revenue is up 14 per cent from the year-ago quarter, indicating the overall market remains robust and that demand for increased broadband capacity among cable operators has not slowed. Cable operators continue laying the foundation for DOCSIS 3.0 services and IP video, as evidenced by the significant growth in CMTS downstreams for residential consumers,” notes Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research.

Highlights from the report include:

– Combined CMTS and edge QAM revenue declined 11 per cent to $413 million worldwide in Q3 2011, following two quarters of double-digit percent gains
– While North American cable broadband equipment revenue is down 10 per cent sequentially (as expected), it is up 37 per cent year-over-year
– Of the four CMTS equipment leaders – Cisco ARRIS, Motorola, and Casa Systems – only Cisco’s market share is up year-over-year, at 59 per cent, just one share-point shy of its all-time high, reached the previous two quarters
– Infonetics expects the number of cable broadband subscribers to grow from 108 million worldwide in 2010 to 125 million in 2015
– Edge QAM revenue in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) jumped 11 per cent as operators continued their spending on edge QAMs to support DOCSIS/M-CMTS applications

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