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Broadband Service Providers Seek a New Upside

At the close of last year, Infonetics Research released the findings from their third quarter 2011 (3Q11) market study of broadband access equipment and home networking devices. Looking forward, wireline broadband service providers will continue to seek new upside revenue opportunities -- due to market saturation for basic Internet access offerings.

"As we mentioned earlier, we expect the global wireline broadband CPE market to peak in 2011 due to a surge of infrastructure investments this year by service providers, especially in emerging markets," said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research.

With a bulk of the infrastructure groundwork already laid, many broadband service providers must now shift their focus to provisioning new services in subscriber homes. However, basic internet access service growth potential still exists in a few emerging markets.

Infonetics says that they're already seeing steady growth in wideband cable customer premise equipment (CPE) and fiber-to-the-home CPE -- particularly in China. It's a clear trend that some operators are investing in the next generation of superfast broadband technology for the home.

The shift away from basic modems to high-end devices, such as VDSL gateways, VDSL IADs, wideband cable gateways and wideband EMTAs, reflects the fact that operators are preparing consumer homes with enough processing power to handle premium services -- from high definition (HD) video to home automation and home security.

Broadband CPE Market Study Highlights Include:
  • ZTE held on to its #1 spot for broadband CPE revenue and shipments in 3Q11, helped by its partnership with China Telecom to deliver Ethernet FTTH infrastructure and CPE for higher-end residential complexes in Shanghai, leading to a surge in Ethernet FTTH ONT shipments this quarter.
  • Motorola and Huawei tied for 2nd for overall broadband CPE revenue, followed by Technicolor and ARRIS.
  • Global broadband CPE revenue held steady (up 1 percent) in 3Q11 over 2Q11, with FTTH CPE revenue up 16 percent, cable CPE up 2 percent, and DSL CPE down 6 percent.
  • Year-over-year, global FTTH CPE revenue is up 36 percent, cable CPE is up 18 percent and DSL CPE is up 4 percent.
  • ZTE also took the top spot in the highly-competitive FTTH CPE market from Huawei in 3Q11, and held onto the top spot in DSL revenue as well, thanks to the strength of ADSL gateway sales in China, EMEA, and Latin America.
  • Despite a 7 percent worldwide decline in cable CPE revenue, Motorola held onto the top spot in cable CPE.

Home Networking CPE Market Study Highlights Include:
  • The global home networking device market totaled $1.8 billion in 3Q11, down 2 percenet from 2Q11 as seasonal softness hit nearly all market segments.
  • Year-over-year, home networking device sales are up 10 percent worldwide.
  • Asia Pacific is the only region that posted a sequential revenue gain for home networking devices (up 6 percent), driven by a 9 percent revenue increase in broadband routers and a 16 percent rise in HomePlug powerline adapters.
  • In the highly competitive broadband router segment (up 19 percent from the year-ago quarter, D-Link extended its revenue share lead in 3Q11 after expanding its marketing presence outside North America and Asia; NETGEAR and Cisco follow in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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