Broadband: PON Sets Records, DOCSIS Set for a Comeback

According to the Dell'Oro Group, the worldwide broadband access market, which includes cable, DSL, and PON technologies, reached a ...

Disaggregated WDM moving into cable
Disaggregated WDM moving into cable
According to the Dell'Oro Group, the worldwide broadband access market, which includes cable, DSL, and PON technologies, reached a record level and exceeded $12 billion in 2015, driven by PON. Looking at 2016, cable modem technology is predicted to make a comeback.

"PON revenue grew by 21% to over $6 billion in 2015. Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel-Lucent all benefitted from strong deployments into China, especially in customer premises equipment," said Alam Tamboli, senior analyst at Dell'Oro. "In North America, Alcatel-Lucent, Calix and ADTRAN all realized strength as gigabit services are deployed by both large and small service providers."

"Demand for both DSL and cable technologies fell in 2015; however, upcoming technologies, like G.fast, 35b and DOCSIS 3.1, should help to turn this trend around in 2016. This will be especially important as service providers, whose current infrastructure is based around DOCSIS or DSL technologies, will look to more effectively and efficiently compete with competitors who utilize fiber. In fact, we forecast the total broadband access market to grow with positive contributions from all three technologies in 2016," Tamboli added.

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