Residential gateway virtualisation moves slowly


Michelle Clancy

| 18 September 2015

According to interviews with service providers across the globe who use residential gateways to provide broadband services, IHS research has found that only 31% of respondents plan on virtualising them by 2017.

Residential gateways (RGs) combine a DSL, FTTH, cable or 3G/LTE modem with routing and switching capabilities and a Wi-Fi access point, and are increasingly used by service providers to deliver voice, data and video services.

"Despite the obvious benefits of virtualising residential gateways in the home-namely shortening of provisioning time and elimination of truck rolls-our survey respondents aren't completely convinced it's something they will implement in the next couple of years. Nearly 70% said they weren't planning on doing so or didn't know if they would be virtualising their gateways by 2017," said Jeff Heynen, research director for broadband access and pay-TV at IHS.

He added: "Unlike the data centre, where virtualisation has been in place for some time, it will take longer for service providers to virtualise their residential access networks and CPE."

About 75% of respondents currently offer Gigabit Ethernet connections on residential gateways, growing to 88% in 2016.

Consistent with last year's findings, ARRIS topped the list of perceived top residential gateway vendors, followed once again by Pace.