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The wireline access broadband equipment market will remain strong as bandwidth demands continue to grow due to consumer demand for 4K content, service differentiation around QoE, and increase in use of FTTx PON networks for nonresidential customers and applications.


  •  The wireline access broadband equipment market will remain strong as network and equipment upgrade costs continue to decline, alongside consumer demand for more bandwidth and improved QoE.
  • Deployments of next-gen access technologies are ramping, including next-gen PON, vectoring,, and DOCSIS 3.1. The role of wireline broadband access is expanding as it supports business services and MBH.
  • Many CSPs are struggling to replace aging PSTN infrastructure; some are turning to third-party vendors for end-to-end support. SDN/NFV is being adopted in selected segments of the wireline access residential market, primarily to support network and service agility.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the outlook for the wireline broadband access equipment market in 2017 and beyond.
  • Analyzes the key drivers for the wireline broadband access equipment market along with upgrades to next-gen technologies.
  • Provides the outlook for SDN/NFV in the wireline access market.

Key questions answered

  • Will CSPs continue to invest in wireline broadband access networks? What is the outlook for the equipment market?
  • Will PSTN networks finally be upgraded? How will vendors support the upgrades?
  • Is SDN/NFV being adopted in wireline access?
  • Is the role of wireline broadband access networks increasing? Can they support business services and MBH?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations

Access equipment market will remain strong

  • Wireline access capex likely to increase
  • QoE and speed fuel the wireline access equipment market

Next-gen access technologies are being deployed

  • Deployments are targeting fiber, copper, and coax networks

Expanding role of FTTx wireline broadband access

  • Supporting businesses and MBH
  • Challenges remain in widespread use of FTTx PON

PSTN migration is a dreaded, but necessary, task

  • Outsourcing reduces the burden

SDN/NFV is coming to wireline access

  • Driven by the advantages of cloud-based activation


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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