Fiber Gateways to Reach 26 Percent of CPE Market in 2014

SINGAPORE - Increasing adoption of fiber optic broadband services is driving the growth of fiber optic customer-premises equipment (CPE) shipments, which will represent 26 percent of the overall broadband CPE shipped in 2014, according to new data from ABI Research, which provides analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity. "Cable and DSL CPE devices will have equal market share of around 37 percent,” comments Jake Saunders, VP and practice director at ABI Research.

Broadband CPE shipments at the end of 2013 are expected to surpass 147 million, according to ABI Research’s latest market data. The devices counted include modems, wired routers and gateways. Despite a growing broadband subscriber base and increasing demand for advanced broadband services, broadband CPE shipments are expected to grow only to 150 million in 2014.

As cable broadband operators rapidly extend to DOCSIS 3.0 networks, DOCSIS 3.0 CPE shipment is gaining market share. In 2014, DOCSIS 3.0 CPE devices shipped will reach 50 million, accounting for more than 89 percent of cable CPE shipments. Total DSL CPE shipments by the end of 2013 are likely to be around 2 percent lower than total shipments in 2012, mainly due to slow subscriber net addition in DSL broadband service. “However, since DSL operators continue to upgrade to higher speed VDSL services, VDSL CPE shipments are growing stronger. ABI Research expects that VDSL CPE will account for over 25 percent of DSL CPE device shipments in 2014,” adds Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst.



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