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Wireline broadband access equipment revenues were strong in 2014, reaching $6bn, an increase of 7% over 2013. Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and ZTE all increased market share compared to 2013.


  • There are numerous factors supporting strong wireline access equipment shipments. Competition is pushing many CSPs to offer higher-bandwidth wireline networks. Some CSPs want to own the subscriber, in the mobile world and at home, thereby increasing ARPU and customer stickiness.
  • CSPs are expanding their usage of wireline broadband access networks to support business subscribers and MBH (mobile data backhaul).
  • The 1G symmetrical craze will continue in certain regions. CSPs are learning that a community approach can lead to high take-rates, thereby accelerating ROI.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the wireline broadband equipment market, providing an overview of what happened in 2014.
  • Identifies equipment vendors by major product category and provides details about market share and changes in market share.

Key questions answered

  • Which vendor led in wireline access equipment market share?
  • What should the vendors do to increase business in 2015 and beyond?
  • Will FTTx PON equipment shipments continue to grow?
  • What will happen with DSL? What type of DSL is growing? What type is declining?
  • What is happening in the CMTS market?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations for access equipment vendors

2014 results

  • 2014 revenues showed significant improvement over 2013

Market share – 2014 versus 2013

  • Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent, and ZTE all increased share
  • Analysis of 4Q14 revenues

Market growth and outlook

  • FTTx PON remains strong, DSL declines slightly, CMTS is unclear

FTTx PON results and share changes

  • 4Q14 and 2014 FTTx PON revenues grew significantly
  • FTTx PON market share and changes
  • FTTx PON product-level analysis
  • 2014 and 4Q14 FTTx PON shipments
  • FTTx PON regional analysis

DSL results and share changes

  • 4Q14 and 2014 DSL revenues hold steady
  • DSL market share and changes
  • 2014 and 4Q14 DSL global shipments
  • DSL regional analysis

CMTS results and share changes

  • Annual and 4Q14 CMTS revenues showed declines
  • CMTS market share and changes
  • 2014 and 4Q14 CMTS shipments


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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