"Media tablets, connected TVs, digital media players, and a growing list of other devices are driving sales of home networking devices, and this is nowhere more apparent than in North America, which captured 37 percent of networking device revenue in 2011," notes Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research.
Infonetics has forecast that the demand for broadband peripherals -- especially those with integrated MoCA chips -- will continue to increase globally as broadband service providers in all regions launch new home automation, energy management, entertainment, and communications services that require high-end networking devices.
I anticipate that the upside for new high-speed Wi-Fi routers will grow rapidly as more consumers stream HD and Ultra-HD video content to their primary large flat-screen TV sets.
Highlights from the latest market study include:
- Global sales of home networking devices grew 20 percent in 2011 from 2010, to $7.98 billion.
- Infonetics expects a cumulative $43 billion to be spent on home networking devices over the 5 years from 2012 to 2016, as the growth of tablets and other devices in home networks necessitate additional connectivity options.
- MoCA (multimedia over coax) embedded set-top boxes (STBs), FTTB optical network terminals (ONTs), coax-Ethernet adapters, and WiFi broadband routers are driving growth in home networking device market.
- Cable operators and telcos in North America, especially Verizon, are increasingly using MoCA devices to deliver services like whole-home DVR.
- D-Link extended its revenue share lead in the highly competitive broadband router market, followed by NETGEAR and Cisco.