Cable Internet Heats Up in Latin America

According to Infonetics Research, Latin America has become the world's most competitive and dynamic market for CMTS vendors. The research house says three trends will keep the Latin American CMTS market lively: competition between cable companies and incumbent telcos for subscribers, lower prices on CMTS DOCSIS 3.0 line cards, and a surge in bandwidth use as OTT video providers enter the Latin American market.

In the worldwide CMTS and edge QAM market generally:

  • CMTS and edge QAM spending jumped 13% in North America in 1Q12 from the previous quarter, while spending in every other region declined.

  • Global CMTS port shipments hit record levels once again in 1Q12, reaching 412K, up 28% from the year-ago first quarter, as MSOs continue to purchase more downstream and upstream CMTS capacity to deliver DOCSIS 3.0 and unicast video services.

  • Cisco maintained its worldwide CMTS revenue share lead with 55% in 1Q12, while Motorola was the only CMTS vendor to post an increase in revenue for the quarter.

  • Harmonic, thanks to its ongoing VOD, linear broadcast, and SDV deployments with operators worldwide, held onto the top spot among edge QAM vendors.

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