DOCSIS 3.0, multiscreen, OTT drive uptick for essential cable technology
Editor | 30-08-2013
A new study from Infonetics Research Converged has found that even though average selling prices will bottom out, good times lie ahead for converged cable access platforms (CCAP).
In its 2nd quarter 2013 (2Q13) CMTS and Edge QAM Hardware and Subscribers report, the analyst showed fundamentally that CCAP pricing is expected to erode further while channel volumes continue to soar.
It showed that the first significant deployments of CCAP-capable products have begun and that increasing channel capacity to support DOCSIS 3.0, multiscreen, and OTT video will be matched with decreasing price-per-channel. That said, the survey also found that major CCAP shipments won't begin until 2014, when vendors make available integrated broadcast and narrowcast video QAMs and DOCSIS downstream on the same RF ports.
"Once again, the cable broadband aggregation market is a tale of opposing trends," noted Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay-TV at Infonetics Research. "2013 will be the nadir of recent and future years … But good times lay ahead as channel volumes across the board should more than offset the continued ASP erosion."
Infonetics calculated that the global CMTS and edge QAM market declined 4% in 2Q13, to $313 million, as lower-cost CMTS downstream and edge QAM channel shipments dominated the product mix. In the key North American market, CMTS and edge QAM revenue was down 27% in 2Q13 from 2Q12, owing to the turn-up of a large number of software licences.