Access equipment spend highest since 2016, says Dell’Oro

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Market information firm, Dell’Oro Group has published its Broadband Access Quarterly Report for the fourth quarter of 2020.

The report is designed to provide a complete overview of the broadband access market, covering manufacturers’ revenues, average selling prices, and port/unit shipments for cable, DSL, and PON equipment. 

The equipment covered in the report includes: converged cable access platforms (CCAP) and distributed access architectures (DAA); digital subscriber line access multiplexers ([DSLAMs] by technology ADSL/ADSL2+, G.SHDSL, VDSL, VDSL Profile 35b, and G.FAST); PON optical line terminals (OLTs), cable, DSL, and PON customer premises equipment; and SOHO WLAN equipment, including mesh routers.

This iteration of the report revealed that the total global revenue for broadband access equipment increased to $3.5bn, up 3 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2019. Growth, said the company, came from spend on PON ONTs and DOCSIS 3.1 CPE, as well as sustained spending on 10Gb/s PON OLT ports.

Some of the report’s other findings include a decline in total cable access concentrator revenue of 1 per cent year-on-year (Y/Y) to $252m. In addition, higher DOCSIS license purchases in North America were offset by slower growth internationally. The strong growth sustained in virtual CCAP revenue was offset by lower-than-expected sales of Remote PHY and Remote MACPHY devices. Meanwhile, the total DSL access concentrator revenue was down 44 per cent year-on-year, driven by slower port shipments worldwide after a strong Q3 2020. However, total XGS-PON OLT port shipments reached their highest level yet, with port shipments up 77 per cent quarter-on-quarter and 433 per cent year-on-year.

 

Jeff Heynen, vice president, broadband access and home networking at Dell’Oro said: ‘Cable and fibre providers continue to add subscribers at a furious pace. This, plus concern over future CPE availability is driving the record purchases of new CPE units.’

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