coaxGlobal sales of home networking devices reached $4.9 billion in 2H 2012, a 5% rise from 1H 2012’s total, according to Infonetics Research’s latest “Home Networking Devices” vendor market share and forecast report.

In these reports Infonetics tracks residential gateways; broadband routers; HomePlug Powerline adapters; multimedia over coax (MoCA) set-top boxes (STBs); optical network terminals (ONTs); coax-Ethernet adapters; and HPNA/ adapters.

Growth in MoCA, itself based on demand from cable and satellite providers for STBs, is driving growth in the overall market for home networking devices, according to Infonetics. “MoCA (multimedia over coax) is again driving growth in the home networking device market, particularly shipments of video gateways in North America,” Jeff Heynen, Infonetics’ directing analyst for broadband access and pay TV, elaborated in a press release.

“Deployments of cable and satellite STBs with integrated MoCA are slowly reaching a boil, and we expect DirecTV’s Genie, Dish’s Hopper, and Comcast’s XG1 set tops to see increased shipments throughout 2013 and beyond.”

Highlights of the report include:

  • The global home networking device market totaled $4.9 billion in the second half of 2012 (2H12), a 5% increase over the first half of 2012 (1H12)
  • Sales of set-top boxes with embedded MoCA technology grew 23% in 2H12, while MoCA adapters, though still shipping in small amounts, soared 129%
  • Broadband router revenue grew 6% in 2H12, thanks to shipments of higher-end 802.11sc and 802.11n WiFi routers in North America and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa)
  • In the race for broadband router revenue market share, Actiontec saw the biggest jump, up 30% from 1H12
  • North America is the home networking device revenue share leader, capturing 45% of global 2H12 revenue
  • Infonetics expects MoCA STBs to account for 46% of home networking device sales by 2017

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