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Cisco leads growing video infrastructure business, Arris catching up

Source: Synergy Research Group

Source: Synergy Research Group

Cisco remains the global leader in both video infrastructure software and hardware, with a global market share of 20% in both markets, but rival Arris is gaining ground, according to data from Synergy Research Group.

According to Synergy, Arris comes the closest to competing with Cisco across the board, being ranked second in hardware revenues and third in software. Nagra and Rovi complete the list of top software vendors, while Pace and Technicolor are ranked third and fourth in hardware revenues.

The overall video infrastructure market grew by 8% last year to reach over US$10 billion (€8 billion), with hardware revenues growing marginally more rapidly than software revenues. Hardware continues to account for the bulk of the market, despite growing interest in software solutions.

“Clearly Cisco and Arris both benefit by having a broad portfolio of video infrastructure products and solutions, but there remains plenty of room in the market for more focused vendors and niche players,” said John Dinsdale, chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group.

“Within the market some segments are growing extremely rapidly and some new technologies are causing disruptions, so I expect to see plenty of opportunity for smaller vendors to make their mark. Over the last four quarters the highest-growth segments have been CCAP, cloud DVR software, TV everywhere software, streaming media devices and search & recommendation software.”