Broadband CPE to reach 154 mn this year: ABI Research

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Broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) shipments are expected to reach 153.6 million by the end of 2015, said ABI Research.

The growth in fiber-optic broadband CPE device shipments will be 12 percent in 2015. DSL and cable CPE device markets will decrease in shipments.

Since operators continue to upgrade broadband networks, the rate of consumer migration to more advanced broadband platforms is increasing.

Operators added 22 million FTTH subscribers in 2014.

ABI Research said the increasing fiber-optic broadband subscriber base is driving the growth in fiber-optic CPE shipments. Asia-Pacific accounts for more than 70 percent of fiber-optic CPE shipments for its fast fiber broadband net growth rate.

DSL CPE shipments are expected to dip around 2 percent in 2015. The DSL broadband device market will mainly be driven by the subscribers upgrading to higher speed platforms such as VDSL and in the years to come.

In the cable CPE market, DOCSIS 3.0 accounts for approximately 90 percent of total shipments. Cable companies are now testing transmission of the newer cable standard DOCSIS 3.1 which can deliver up to 10 Gbps downstream speed. DOCSIS 3.1 devices are expected to enter the broadband CPE market in late 2016.

Broadband CPE market includes modems, fixed routers, and residential gateways. ZTE holds around 19 percent of the broadband CPE market share in Q1 2015, which is followed by ARRIS and Huawei, said ABI Research.

Baburajan K
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