Supply chain unrest can't quell 1Q22 fiber broadband spending: Analyst

June 9, 2022
Dell'Oro Group reports that PON optical line terminal (OLT) revenues climbed 42% versus the year-ago quarter.

Worldwide sales of broadband access equipment increased 14% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2022 to reach $4.4 billion, according to Dell’Oro Group. The growth came in spite of ongoing supply chain constraints, the market research firm points out in its 1Q 2022 Broadband Access and Home Networking Quarterly Report, with fiber and fixed wireless gear leading the way.

PON optical line terminal (OLT) revenues climbed 42% versus the year-ago quarter, according to the report. “Despite all the challenges with supply chains, logistics, and labor, service providers continue to invest heavily to expand their fiber broadband networks, particularly in North America,” explained Jeff Heynen, vice president, broadband access and home networking at Dell’Oro. “Many of these deployments are to deliver multi-gig services, as operators look to stay one step ahead of their competitors.”

Cable MSOs also are spending to keep up with competitors – not only on fiber to the home but on their HFC infrastructure as well. Heynen and Dell’Oro say that cable access concentrator revenue grew 5% versus 1Q21 to just over $257 million. Purchases of Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) technology helped make up for declines in traditional CCAP licenses, they say.

Meanwhile, fixed wireless access continues to become more popular. Fixed wireless CPE unit shipments hit 3.8 million units in the first three months of this year. The report states that 5G sub-6-GHz units displayed the most growth.

Dell’Oro’s Broadband Access and Home Networking Quarterly Report provides an overview of the broadband access market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, average selling prices, and port/unit shipments for cable, DSL, and PON equipment. Covered equipment includes Converged Cable Access Platforms (CCAP) and Distributed Access Architectures (DAA); DSLAMs by technology (ADSL/ADSL2+, G.SHDSL, VDSL, VDSL Profile 35b, and G.fast); PON OLTs; cable, DSL, and PON CPE; and SOHO WLAN equipment, including mesh routers.

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