Cable on roll as high bandwidth boosts DOCSIS in Q3 2014
Joseph O'Halloran
| 25 November 2014
A report from Infonetics Research has found that cable firms' investment in high bandwidth services has provided a 95% year-on-year spike in DOCSIS channel shipments.

infoneticsDOCSISThe data for the third quarter of the year, captured in the 3rd quarter 2014 (3Q14) CCAP, CMTS, and Edge QAM Hardware and Subscribers report, found that within the cable broadband market, overall worldwide revenue for converged cable access platform (CCAP), cable modem termination system (CMTS), edge QAM and cable maintenance centre (CMC) equipment totalled $445 million in 3Q 2014, an 8% sequential increase. Arris, Casa Systems, Cisco and Harmonic were leading the combined CCAP, CMTS and CMC market in the third quarter.

Yet drilling deeper the research identified what it called a 'tremendous shift' from CMTS to CCAP platforms over the last few quarters, CCAP revenue increased 7% in the third quarter of the year compared with the previous one, to $360 million. Moreover Infonetics found that this shaft was most pronounced in North America, where cable operators are focusing on deploying new hardware.

Commenting on the findings, Infonetics principal analyst for broadband access and pay-TV Jeff Heynen said: "Though down a bit sequentially, total upstream and downstream DOCSIS channels were still at 1.2 million in the third quarter of 2014 and up an incredible 95% over what was shipped globally just a year ago. This reflects just how much the cable companies are investing to support higher-bandwidth services such as IP video and to compete with fibre."