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Broadband access equipment revenues will remain strong over the next several years as operators continue to build access networks to support residential services, business services, and MBH (mobile backhaul) for small cells.


  • China’s massive consumption of PON equipment is slowing down slightly, as expected, given massive FTTx network builds and FTTH household penetration above 46%. However, next-gen PON shipments are ramping and with higher ASPs, will partially offset this slowdown.
  • Several operators have announced their plans to implement FTTx rather than undertake piecemeal bandwidth upgrades. For example, Altice USA has publicly announced its FTTx plans.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses 3Q16 results by type of access equipment, by vendor and by region.
  • Evaluates both revenues and unit shipments for the wireline broadband access market.
  • Includes market share data for next-gen technologies, including next-gen PON,, and DOCSIS 3.1.

Key questions answered

  • Are PON revenues continuing to grow? Has China's consumption of PON equipment begun to decline?
  • Is shipping? What is the status of ADSL and VDSL?
  • What is happening in the CMTS market? Did Cisco and Arris have strong shipments in 3Q16?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

3Q16 results

  • Quarterly revenues show slight sequential increase; almost flat YoY
  • Rolling 4Q results remain strong

Market share changes

  • Five gainers and five losers

FTTx PON results and market share changes

  • 3Q16 FTTx PON remained strong
  • FTTx PON market share and changes
  • 3Q16 FTTx PON shipments

DSL/ results and market share changes

  • 3Q16 DSL revenues continued to decline YoY
  • DSL/ market share and changes
  • 3Q16 DSL/ shipments
  • DSL product-level analysis by region
  • DSL shipment analysis by region, by vendor

CMTS results and market share changes

  • 3Q16 CMTS revenues up sequentially and YoY
  • CMTS market share and changes
  • 3Q16 CMTS shipments

Market trends

  • 2017 will be exciting as new technologies hit deployment ramps


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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