Surge in VDSL port shipments shows providers preparing for IPTV

Worldwide DSL aggregation hardware slowed in the first quarter of 2006, dipping 5 percent to $1.6 billion, according to Infonetics Research's latest DSL Aggregation Hardware report.

The dip in revenue reflects cheaper port prices, not a slowdown in the market, as evidenced by the 38 percent jump in DSL ports from 2004 to 2005. By 2009, worldwide DSL aggregation hardware DSL port shipments are expected to soar to 460 million.

According Infonetics Research analyst Jeff Heynen, VDSL port shipments jumped dramatically in the first quarter of 2006, which indicates an increase in fiber to the curb and fiber to the node deployments. That’s a sign DSL providers are focusing on getting higher bandwidth to their subscribers to meet their growing demand for IP video and IPTV, he said.

Among Infonetics identified market highlights are:

  • Worldwide DSL aggregation hardware DSL port shipments increased 2 percent between 4Q ‘05 and 1Q ’06;
  • VDSL ports on IP DSLAMs were up 34 percent in 1Q06, VDSL ports on broadband loop carriers were up 60 percent;
  • IP DSLAM revenue is forecast to grow 318 percent between 2005 and 2009;
  • In 1Q ‘06, Alcatel maintained its No. 1 position in worldwide DSL aggregation hardware revenue and port market share, followed by Huawei and Siemens; Ericsson jumps into the No. 4 spot after its acquisition of Marconi;
  • Alcatel and Huawei also hold the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in the burgeoning IP DSLAM space in 1Q ’06.

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