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Wireline broadband access equipment revenues remained strong in 1Q15, reaching $1.65bn, representing a very slight decrease compared to 4Q14 and a significant increase of 30% compared to 1Q14.


  • The bandwidth marketing craze continues into 2015. We are continuing to see 1G and 2G network deployments in North America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Some CSPs see the 1G and 2G thresholds as providing strong competitive advantages, even though most homes do not yet need these bandwidth levels. There have recently been several 10G FTTH service announcements
  • FTTx PON is supporting nonresidential markets. CSPs, both telco and cable, are pursuing business customers because they offer higher ARPU (average revenue per user) than residential customers. Next-gen PON adoption is increasing. US cable operators are beginning to deploy 10G EPON. Several CSPs, including Vodafone and Etisalat, are testing TWDM PON.
  • Vectoring and deployments will continue in 2015. We expect to see additional commercial announcements regarding the commercialization of vectoring-based VDSL2 and solutions. More than 18 million vectoring-ready ports have shipped since Ovum began tracking this category in 2014.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the wireline broadband access equipment market by shipments and revenues for the top vendors.
  • Provides analysis by equipment segment (PON, DSL, and CMTS) by region for the top vendors.
  • Compares 1Q15 results to the previous quarter (4Q14) and to the YoY quarter (1Q14).
  • Identifies the key trends impacting the market share results for the top vendors.

Key questions answered

  • What is driving the wireline broadband access equipment market?
  • Will PON equipment shipments continue to drive the wireline broadband access market?
  • Is VDSL continuing to grow? Do VDSL shipments surpass ADSL shipments in all regions?
  • What is happening with the CMTS market? Are shipments growing? Are average sale prices continuing to decline?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

1Q15 results

  • Quarterly revenues continued upward swing YoY
  • Rolling 4Q results matched level last reached in 1Q13

Market share changes

  • Analysis of quarterly results

FTTx PON results and market share changes

  • 1Q15 FTTx PON revenues grew sequentially and YoY
  • FTTx PON market share and changes
  • 1Q15 FTTx PON shipments

DSL results and market share changes

  • 1Q15 DSL revenues declined sequentially but increased YoY
  • DSL market share and changes
  • 1Q15 DSL shipments
  • DSL product-level analysis by region

CMTS results and market share changes

  • 1Q15 CMTS revenues declined sequentially, grew slightly YoY
  • CMTS market share and changes
  • 1Q15 CMTS shipments

Market trends

  • Wireline access will remain strong in 2015 due to FTTx PON


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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