Fibre optic broadband CPE shipments set for 12% increase in 2015



| 14 August 2015

As the global broadband market accelerates, so does its ecosystem and, says ABI Research, associated customer premise equipment (CPE) shipments are expected to reach 153.6 million by the end of 2015.

The analyst says that since operators upgrade networks, the rate of consumer migration to more advanced broadband platforms is increasing. The data shows that by the end of 2015, CPE shipments will likely drop around 2% from 2014. ABI expects the DSL broadband device market will mainly be driven by the subscribers upgrading to higher speed platforms such as VDSL and in the years to come. In the cable CPE market, DOCSIS 3.0 accounts for approximately 90% of total shipments and DOCSIS 3.1 devices are expected to enter the broadband CPE market in late 2016.

"Fibre-optic broadband CPE device shipments are expected to increase 12% in 2015 although DSL and cable CPE device markets are likely to see a slight decline in total shipments," commented Jake Saunders, VP and practice director. "The rapidly increasing fibre optic broadband subscriber base is driving the growth in fibre optic CPE shipments," added ABI industry analyst Khin Sandi Lynn. "Asia Pacific accounts for more than 70% of fibre optic CPE shipments for its fast fibre broadband net growth rate. A total of 22 million FTTH subscribers were added in 2014."

ABI market data also found that ZTE maintains the highest market share in the broadband CPE market which includes modems, fixed routers and residential gateways. ZTE holds around 19% of the broadband CPE market in 1Q 2015, which is followed by ARRIS Group and Huawei.