Rocketing residential router and gateway market to reach 120 million units by 2017

Editor | 16-10-2012

New research from Parks Associates has revealed that broadband providers worldwide will deploy 39 million high-end, feature-rich residential gateways in 2012, with over 20 million in Western Europe alone.
By 2017 this number will rise to 120 million residential gateways and routers worldwide, up from 75 million this year.
The analyst attributes the rise to operators refining their strategies to combat the potential threat of over-the-top (OTT) services and added value from other sources. It observes that over half of pay-TV households in Western Europe have access to TV Everywhere services and that gateways will increase the value proposition of these and other services by simplifying connection and management of connected devices and linking with cloud-based services.
"Residential gateways can provide greater service value and differentiation for operators as they combat service commoditisation," said Brett Sappington, director, research, Parks Associates. "Western Europe is an especially important market, given the high levels of broadband adoption and growing consumer demand for value-added services. By 2017, operators worldwide will be deploying over 65 million high-end gateways per year, with over 27 million in Western Europe."