Broadband CPE Shipments to Reach 149.4 Million

SINGAPORE - Worldwide broadband CPE device shipments totaled 144.9 million in 2012. Continuous growth in broadband adoption as well as upgrading to better quality services among existing broadband users will allow continuous growth in the broadband CPE market, according to ABI Research, which expects that 149.4 million broadband CPE devices including modems, wired routers, and gateways will be shipped in 2013. These forecasts come from ABI Research’s new study on “Broadband CPE: Cable, DSL, Fiber,” with market data that covers worldwide customer premise equipment for wired broadband (DSL, cable, and fiber).

VDSL and DOCSIS 3.0 Standards Hold Off Fiber
Despite the gain in market share of fiber optic devices over the past few years, CPE device shipments in other broadband platforms such as DSL and cable are not likely to drop in the near future. Today, DSL operators are switching from ADSL to VDSL and cable operators are moving to DOCSIS 3.0 standards. “Since these advanced technologies allow DSL and cable operators to compete with fiber optic broadband operators in terms of price and service quality, VDSL and DOCSIS 3.0 CPE device shipments have grown year-over-year,” says Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst.

DOCSIS 3.0 CPE shipments in particular increased remarkably in 2012. In 2012, 37 million DOCSIS 3.0 devices were shipped, representing 67 percent of cable CPE shipments. This represents a 65 percent increase compared to 2011. ABI Research expects that 83 percent of total cable CPE shipments in 2013 will be DOCSIS 3.0 devices.

Among the broadband CPE device manufacturers, ZTE and Huawei occupy first and second position in terms of market share, holding 14 percent and 8 percent of total device shipment in 2012 respectively. The two Chinese firms also represent the top two vendors of FTTH CPE shipments with 40 percent of 38 percent respectively of total fiber CPE shipments (30.7 million) in 2012.


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