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Cable Technology Feature Article

September 09, 2009

Report Shows Slow Subscriber Growth in DSL, Cable Broadband CPE Market Clouds Future

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Infonetics Research released its second quarter 2009 Broadband CPE and Subscribers report, which stated that worldwide broadband customer premise equipment, or “CPE,” including DSL, cable, residential gateways and voice CPE totaled $1.04 billion, up 1 percent quarter-over-quarter.
Commenting on the report, Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband and video at Infonetics Research (News - Alert), stated that, despite the growth in the broadband CPE market this quarter, the rest of 2009 looks murky.
This is mainly because DSL and cable broadband subscriber additions are either decreasing or staying flat.
“Lack of subscriber growth is likely to be the biggest single impediment to sustained growth in CPE shipments and revenue this year. Longer-term growth will be driven by wideband cable CPE, VDSL CPE, and digital home gateways," said Heynen.
The second quarter growth was driven by strong ADSL modem shipments in China, a strong jump in VDSL broadband gateway shipments in North America and robust sales of wideband cable modems, broadband gateways and EMTAs worldwide as cable operators continue DOCSIS 3.0 service rollouts.
Thomson and Motorola (News - Alert), with their breadth of CPE shipments to both DSL and cable operators, continue to be in the top two spots worldwide, followed by ARRIS.
The report tracks companies like ARRIS, D-Link, Cisco, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia (News - Alert) Siemens, ZTE and ZyXEL.
The quarterly broadband CPE report from Infonetics Research provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, analysis, and forecasts through 2013 for DSL CPE, standard and wideband cable CPE, residential gateways, voice terminal adapter and standard and wideband cable subscribers and DSL subscribers.
Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire