Cable Technology Feature Article
Broadband Cable Market Accelerates in Latin America, Says Infonetics
By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor
Market research firm Infonetics Research has released data from its first quarter 2012 (1Q12) cable modem termination systems (CMTS) and Edge QAM hardware and subscribers market share and forecast report. It shows that broadband cable market is heating up in Latin America.
In fact, according to Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research (News - Alert), Latin America has become the most competitive and dynamic market for CMTS vendors, with market share fluctuating wildly from quarter to quarter.
As per the report, Motorola (News - Alert) regained the lead in the CALA region this quarter by a comfortable margin, whereas last quarter, Cisco surged and led with over half the market. Meanwhile, the report shows that ARRIS was number-one in Latin America a year ago, and then dropped to a close third for the rest of 2011. But, in the first quarter of 2012, it has moved to the second spot in Latin America, says Infonetics.
In a statement, Heynen commented, "Three major trends will keep the Latin American CMTS market lively going forward: The cable companies are locked in major battles with incumbent telcos for subscribers, CMTS vendors brought down the price of their DOCSIS 3.0 line cards, and a surge in sustained bandwidth usage is coming as Netflix and other over-the-top video providers enter the Latin American market."
The Infonetics report shows that CMTS and edge QAM spending jumped 13 percent in North America in the first quarter (1Q12) as compared to the previous quarter. As international operators use the first quarter to absorb new capacity gained at the close of the year, spending in every other region declined, which is typical for the CMTS and edge QAM market, says Infonetics.
The report indicates that global CMTS port shipments hit record levels in 1Q12, reaching 412K, up 28 percent from the year-ago first quarter. Infonetics attributes this growth to MSOs purchasing more downstream and upstream CMTS capacity to deliver DOCSIS 3.0 and unicast video services.
While Cisco (News - Alert) maintained its worldwide CMTS revenue share lead with 55 percent in 1Q12, Motorola was the only CMTS vendor to post an increase in revenue for the quarter, says Infonetics.
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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli