Arris, Pace top residential gateway vendors survey
| 24 May 2014
Arris and Pace have supplanted Huawei and ZTE as the perceived top residential gateway vendors among operator respondents in a survey by research firm Infonetics.
The 2014 Residential Gateway Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey examined service providers' strategies for deploying residential gateways, applications driving deployments, and their top picks for residential gateway vendors, services, technologies and features.
The survey found that multiscreen video is growing quickly with 55% currently offering it today, compared with just 6% at the same time in 2013. Four-fifths of survey respondents plan to offer it next year. The 802.11ac standard was found to have shown some of the strongest growth among wireless technologies, with 85% of operators moving to it in 2015. The current figure is 5%. Even though there is a lack of available products, the survey also revealed optimism for G.hn as an in-home networking technology. Though no respondents currently use G.hn, 45% expect to do so in 2015.
"Residential gateways have quickly become the new gatekeeper for high-margin traffic," noted Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay-TV at Infonetics Research. "Service providers are increasingly relying on residential gateways instead of basic modems to deliver voice, data, and video services because they can be remotely managed, have an open application layer to add on new features, and offer higher throughput, greater security features and the ability to monitor revenue-generating traffic within the home network."