December 04, 2012
Access Equipment Market Saw Modest Growth in Q3
By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer
Dell' (News - Alert)Oro Group today released its most recent Quarterly Access Report, which states that third quarter revenue for the access gear market — including infrastructure and customer premises equipment for cable and DSL as well as passive optical networking (PON) — saw modest growth.
In total, the Q3 2012 access gear market grew 6 percent over the same period in 2011.
PON saw the highest growth at 21 percent, while cable grew 5 percent. Meanwhile, DSL market revenue saw a general upward trend despite weak ADSL numbers as VDSL revenue grew more than 30 percent.
"We saw strong growth from three segments in the third quarter," said Steve Nozik, Principal Analyst of Access research at Dell'Oro Group. "PON revenue surged to a record level, largely driven by strong GPON shipments to China, continuing the trend of the last several years."
He went on to add that cable revenue was largely driven by strong DOCSIS 3.0 CPE sales, offsetting lower CMTS sales. In terms of DSL, high-speed VDSL port shipments shot up by more than 50 percent over Q3 2011, driven by Western Europe, where a number of operators have decided to upgrade via fiber-to-the-node (FTTN).
In terms of vendors, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei and ZTE (News - Alert) held down the top three spots in terms of GPON revenue. With shipments to China excluded, though, Calix would take the number three spot from ZTE. For VDSL port shipments, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei (News - Alert) and ADTRAN were the top vendors, while in terms of cable, Cisco held the top spot for CMTS.
Dell'Oro also recently released its Quarterly Wavelength Division Multiplexing Report, which states that the market grew 14 percent year over year in the third quarter of 2012 and is expected to reach $8 billion for the full year.
The research firm also recently ranked Infinera as number one for the third quarter of 2012 in the global long-haul 100G market.
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Edited by Braden Becker
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