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September 02, 2014

DOCSIS Shipments Surpass 1.2 million in Q2

By Frank Griffin, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) is a telecommunications standard used to provide Internet access via a cable modem. The growth in broadband subscriptions in the U.S., which is now approaching 100 million subscribers, is having a positive impact on shipments of DOCSIS. As the technical standards of DOCSIS continue to evolve to support new capabilities such as faster Internet speeds and additional services, previous generations have to be replaced.

Currently most of the national operators are requiring DOCSIS 3.0 modems on their higher speed Internet service tiers. This will continue to drive shipment higher as the need to compete by other service providers requires operators to upgrade their infrastructure.

The latest Infonetics (News - Alert) Research report of its 2nd quarter 2014 (2Q14) CCAP, CMTS, and Edge QAM Hardware and Subscribers, which tracks broadband equipment and subscribers, reveals DOCSIS channels have passed 1 million for the first time in Q2 with CCAP revenue up 42 percent.

“The velocity of the shift from CMTS to CCAP remains phenomenal… Easily beating last quarter’s record, combined CCAP (converged cable access platform) and CMTS upstream and downstream DOCSIS channel shipments reached 1.2 million in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14), the first time total DOCSIS channel shipments exceeded 1 million in a single quarter,” says Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research (News - Alert).

According to Hyned, the growth is being driven by the shift in spending taking place by cable operators as they try to take advantage of higher densities and lower per-channel prices.

The combined revenue for CCAP, CMTS, edge QAM, and CMC (coaxial media converter) equipment hit $411 million globally in Q2, which was up 24 percent from the previous quarter. Once again the North American market experienced the largest growth as the region continues it shift to CCAP, with revenue increasing by 39 percent from the previous quarter.

The Infonetics quarterly CCAP, CMTS, and edge QAM report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share and forecasts through 2018. The vendors that were tracked in the report and continue to lead the combined CCAP, CMTS, and CMC market in the second quarter were Arris, Casa Systems, and Cisco (News - Alert) – in alphabetical order.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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