Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) channel shipments climbed by 114% in 2014, hitting a record 4.8 million worldwide, according to IHS-owned Infonetics Research.
Globally, equipment revenue from converged cable access platforms (CCAPs), cable modem termination systems (CMTSs), quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) channels, and coaxial media converters (CMCs) totalled US$493 million (€441 million) in Q4 2014 – an 11% sequential increase.
For the full-year 2014, worldwide sales of the equipment grew 27% from the prior year, to $1.7 billion, according to Infonetics.
“The continued growth of DOCSIS channel shipments is a strong sign of multiple system operators’ ongoing investment to ramp DOCSIS bandwidth and services like IP video by splitting optical nodes and reducing service group sizes via CCAP,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.
“We look for the upward trend in channels on CCAP and CMTS platforms to continue to grow as operators prepare their networks for DOCSIS 3.1 and remote physical architectures, though the growth will come principally from CCAP products,” said Heynen.