Infonetics: Broadband CPE Devices Have Best Year Ever; WiFi-enabled CPE Taking Off

  Infonetics: Broadband CPE Devices Have Best Year Ever; WiFi-enabled CPE
  Taking Off

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CAMPBELL, Calif. -- March 25, 2013

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its 4th
quarter 2012 (4Q12) and year-end Broadband CPE and Subscribers: PON, FTTH,
Cable, and DSL market share and forecast report, which tracks DSL, cable, and
fiber to the home (FTTH) customer premises equipment (CPE), residential
gateways, and broadband subscribers.


“Broadband CPE enjoyed its strongest year yet in 2012, benefiting from a
combination of ongoing technology shifts and the need to support legacy
broadband services and subscribers,” notes Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for
broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research. “Cable operators are
gaining significant traction with DOCSIS 3.0 in North America, Europe, Korea,
and Japan, and they’re in the early stages of rolling out video gateways that
combine DOCSIS CPE with video transcoding capabilities. These gateways allow
cable companies to deliver a whole-home, multi-screen service to customers,
and we anticipate hearty growth for the devices over the next few years.”

Heynen adds: “WiFi-enabled CPE is really heating up. In 2012, nearly half of
all DSL units sold were WiFi enabled, and we’re forecasting this to swell to
74% by 2017. The growth of WiFi-enabled CPE is proof positive that service
providers are quickly moving to more integrated devices to control the user
experience in the home.”


  *Despite global broadband CPE revenue declining 3% sequentially in 4Q12,
    2012 was a standout year for broadband CPE devices, with revenue
    increasing 13%, to $7.7 billion
  *The strongest growth came from the cable CPE segment, where revenue grew
    26% year-over-year
  *DSL CPE shipments were down 4% in 2012, though on the bright side, VDSL
    CPE shipments jumped 39%, reaching 29 million units
  *Huawei is the broadband CPE market share leader for 4Q12 and the full year
    2012, followed closely by ZTE; both vendors benefitted significantly from
    the FTTH rollouts at China Telecom and China Unicom
  *ARRIS maintains the top revenue share spot in the DOCSIS 3.0 CPE segment,
    based on strong EMTA shipments to N. American operators; Motorola, Cisco
    and NETGEAR follow
  *In the highly competitive FTTH CPE segment, Infonetics expects ongoing
    vendor market share shifts in 2013, hinging largely on shipments in China
  *Worldwide, there were 57 million FTTH subscribers in 2012, while cable
    broadband subscribers totaled 111 million


Infonetics’ quarterly broadband CPE report provides worldwide and regional
market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2017, analysis, and trends
for ADSL and VDSL modems, gateways, and IADs; standard and DOCSIS 3.0 cable
modems, gateways, and EMTAs; FTTH ONTs and gateways; residential gateways; PON
and Ethernet FTTH ports; and broadband subscribers. Companies tracked: ADB,
Alcatel-Lucent, ARRIS, AVM, Cisco (Linksys, Scientific Atlanta), Comtrend,
D-Link, Dasan Networks, Fiberhome, Hitron, Huawei, Mitsubishi, Motorola,
NETGEAR, OF Networks, Pace, Sagemcom, Samsung, SMC Networks, Sumitomo, Telsey,
Technicolor, TP-LINK, Ubee Interactive, Zhone, ZTE, ZyXEL, and others. To buy
the report, contact Infonetics:


  *Latest Infonetics Broadband Access research brief:
  *GPON and VDSL bright spots in struggling broadband aggregation market
  *Cable broadband market primed for double-digit recovery in 2013
  *MoCA drives growth in home networking devices market
  *Operators conflicted over fixed broadband investments, give nod to
  *Multi-screen content licensing still a major headache for pay TV operators


Download Infonetics’ market research brochure, publication calendar, events
brochure, report highlights, tables of contents, and more at

  *Broadcast and Streaming Video Equipment and Pay TV Subscribers
  *Home Networking Devices
  *IP Set-Top Box Features and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider
  *Pay TV Services and Subscribers
  *Pay TV Subscriber Database
  *Residential Gateway Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey
  *Set-Top Boxes and Pay TV Subscribers


Learn about Infonetics’ events program at and

  *The Last Days of DOCSIS 3.0? (May 21: Sponsorships available)
  *The Transcoder Boom in a Multiscreen World (Sponsorships available)


N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard,, +1

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne,, +1

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic,, +44

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan:


Infonetics Research ( is an international market research
and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader
in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world
regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively.
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Infonetics Research
Jeff Heynen, +1 408-583-3359
Directing Analyst, Broadband Access and Pay TV
Twitter: @JeffHeynen
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