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Introduction

The wireline access equipment market will remain strong in 2018 as CSPs view their respective fixed access networks as strategic assets for supporting residential and non-residential customer and applications.

Highlights

  • Major access network upgrades and expansions will continue regardless of the underlying medium, such as fiber, copper, coax, or wireless and regardless of broadband household penetration rates. SDN and NFV are coming to the access network in piecemeal fashion, reducing capex, opex, and network complexities.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the outlook for the fixed access network equipment market in 2018 along with the key messages for vendors.
  • Evaluates the opportunity for FWA within the fixed access network equipment market.
  • Identifies the key trends in the fixed access network equipment market along with the impact of SDN and NFV.

Key questions answered

  • Will the outlook remain positive for vendors? What are the key trends?
  • How should vendors support CSPs as the CSPs expand their access networks to support both residential and non-residential customers and applications?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages

Recommendations

  • Recommendations for CSPs
  • Recommendations for vendors

Access equipment market will remain strong due to major upgrades and expansions

  • Today’s next-gen will be the standard by 2022
  • Next-gen PON optics prices are declining rapidly

Cable operators push fiber deeper and adopt DAA

  • Head-end and fiber constraints are leading to new approaches

FWA (fixed wireless access) has a resurgence

  • FWA solutions are needed in the broadband access toolkit

Next-gen PON becomes strategic to many CSPs

  • Long-term solution for multiple types of customers and traffic
  • A growing application for PON is passive optical LAN (POL)

SDN and NFV enter the access network

  • Reducing opex and capex matters but FANS is the long-term goal

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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