There was dramatic growth in the FTTx (fiber to the X)
and CMTS (cable modem termination system) markets in the first quarter of 2011,
thanks to continuing next-generation access (NGA) network upgrades, according
The market for PON (passive optical network), FTTH (fiber
to the home) and FTTB (fiber to the building) OLT (optical line terminal) ports
grew by 35 percent in the first quarter of 2011, when compared to the last
quarter of 2010, to reach 988,889 ports.
As compared to the same period of 2010, the growth jumps
to 182 percent with shipments into Asia-Pacific comprising 93 percent of the
total. China was the powerhouse for much of this growth, propelling Huawei,
ZTE, and FiberHome into the first three places for PON OLT port shipments.
Shipments also jumped in the Europe, Middle East, and
Africa region and in the South and Central America region to their highest
levels ever,” said Kamalini Ganguly, Ovum analyst and author of the new market
Conversely, the DSL (digital subscriber line) market was
an exception and edged down five percent when compared to the last quarter of
2010. The fall was expected due to the seasonal trend at the beginning of a new
year and was consistent with the four percent sequential drop in the first
quarter of 2010 and 2009. In addition, DSL growth has slowed or turned negative
in some countries as subscribers churn to FTTB or FTTH connections.
Despite the sequential drop in the first quarter of 2011,
year-on-year (YoY) shipments were higher in all regions, many supported by
upgrades related to FTTN and FTTB rollouts. In fact, the first quarter of 2011
was another record quarter for VDSL2 (very high-speed digital subscriber line
2) shipments, which crested to 4.8 million ports.
Alcatel-Lucent currently leads the VDSL/VDSL2 market with
42 per cent market share, followed by Huawei with 22 per cent, and Ericsson
with eight per cent.
By TelecomLead.com Team