Broadband Access Market Reaches $11.5 Billion in 2014

  • Dell'Oro Group
REDWOOD CITY, CA — The worldwide broadband access market, which includes PON, DSL and cable technologies, reached a new record of $11.5 billion in 2014, according to a newly published report by Dell’Oro Group, a provider of market information about the networking and telecommunications industries.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in the PON market over the past several years largely due to the broadband market expansion in China. Recently, however, we have begun to see strong growth in the EMEA and North American regions,” said Alam Tamboli, senior analyst at Dell’Oro Group. “While service providers in China continue to invest heavily in their broadband access networks, we have observed an interesting relative shift in spending from optical line terminals (OLTs, the equipment that sits in central offices) to optical network terminals (ONTs, the equipment that often sits at or near customer premises). We believe this signifies a transition from the PON infrastructure build-out stage, to achieving return on investment, as more customers make use of the high-capacity services that the fiber allows,” Tamboli explained. “In North America, we have started to see a pickup in PON spending as many service providers have begun to offer gigabit networks. These deployments remain relatively small compared to China for now, however,” Tamboli added.

Dell’Oro Group’s Access Quarterly Report provides complete, in-depth coverage of the market and data on approx. 25 vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent, Arris, Cisco Systems, Huawei Technologies and ZTE. Included are tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, and port/unit shipments for Cable, DSL, and PON equipment. Network infrastructure equipment includes Cable Modem Termination Systems (CMTS), Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers ([DSLAMs] by technology ADSL and VDSL), and PON Optical Line Terminals ([OLTs] by technology EPON and GPON). The report also covers Cable and DSL Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) technology and PON Optical Networking Terminals (ONTs).

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