Tracking developments in digital subscriber line (DSL), cable, fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), and fixed Long-Term Evolution (LTE) customer premises equipment (CPE), the latest quarterly report from Infonetics Research reveals that the global broadband CPE market grew to $2.6 billion from July to October 2014, a sequential quarterly rise of six percent.
Growth in DOCSIS 3.0 equipment continued strong in 3Q and isn’t showing any signs of slowing, Infonetics highlights. “Cable operators worldwide are using the technology to gain broadband subscriber share,” Infonetics’ Prinicipal Analyst for Broadband Access Jeff Heynen was quoted as saying.
“Even if MSOs aren’t currently offering DOCSIS 3.0 services, prices on the D3 devices have come down to the point where it makes sense to move forward with them.”
Cumulatively, 89.1 million DOCSIS 3.0 devices were shipped worldwide from 4Q 2011 to 3Q 2014, according to Infonetics’ 3Q 2014 “Broadband CPE And Subscribers: PON, FTTH, Cable, DSL and LTE” report. Revenue from DOCSIS 3.0 gateway sales was up 14 percent quarter-to-quarter.
Broadband CPE Revenue Trends
Additional highlights of Infonetics’ – now a part of IHS – 3Q14 Broadband CPE report include:
- Connected home and multiscreen services continue to proliferate as operators increase the number of services they offer to subscribers and improve margins;
- As a result, an increasing number of intelligent, video-capable gateways are being shipped globally to support these advanced services;
- The fixed LTE CPE segment is beginning to rebound, and the North American market is expected by Infonetics to be a primary growth engine over the next 2 years as AT&T begins to roll out fixed LTE services to rural households.