Sales of CCAP (converged cable access platform) equipment climbed by 177% quarter-over-quarter in Q1 2014, marking a “dramatic shift” in cable operator spending, according to Infonetics Research.
Rising CCAP spend was at the expense of “the bedrock of cable broadband” CMTS (cable modem termination systems), which saw revenues drop 76% sequentially.
“Cable operators are on a steady path of adding significant channel capacity as part of DOCSIS 3.0, IP video, business service, carrier WiFi, and forthcoming DOCSIS 3.1 rollouts,” said principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research, Jeff Heynen.
Infonetics said that Q1 marked “another record quarter for CMTS and CCAP channel shipments, owing mainly to a 229% sequential jump in CCAP channel shipments worldwide.” However, it added that the combined global CMTS, CCAP, and edge QAM market was down 6% to US$332 million in Q1, compared with the previous quarter.
Arris became the leader for worldwide CMTS and CCAP revenue in the quarter, with Cisco finishing second, according to the research.