Sales of Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) products were up 177 percent year-over-year in the first quarter, with MSOs eschewing the traditional backbone of cable broadband, Cable Modem Termination System technology (CMTS), according to Infonetics Research.
This follows Infonetics' Q4 measurements that had sales of CCAP gear jumping 192 percent. Introduced by CableLabs two years ago, CCAP headend servers combine the functionality of CMTS and delivery of quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) channels on a single platform. The technology is proving widely popular among MSOs, focused on building high-density, next-generation architecture.
Arris and Cisco lead the market globally in terms of CCAP and CMTS revenue.
"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," noted Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics.
The combined global CMTS, CCAP and edge QAM market was down 6 percent in 1Q14 from 4Q13, to $332 million, Infonetics noted. Additionally, CCAP revenue jumped 177 percent sequentially in the first quarter, while CMTS revenue dropped 76 percent. This shift is being felt particularly in the North American market, where revenue for the quarter dropped 13 percent despite a 20 percent rise in CMTS and CCAP channel shipments.
- see this Infonetics press release
- read this Multichannel News story
Infonetics: CCAP shipments jumped 192% in Q4
Harmonic touts distributed CCAP that pushes delivery into the network
Liberty Global buys stake in RDK Management