DOCSIS channel shipments grew 14 percent sequentially and 48 percent year-over-year to 1.8 million in the first quarter, as cable operators continued to aggressively upgrade their networks.
However, according to research firm IHS Infonetics, which tracks the cable access equipment market, revenue for CCAP, CMTZ, CMC and edge QAM equipment fell 7 percent sequentially to $474 million.
"The cable broadband market got off to a mixed start in the first quarter. Despite the first quarter typically being a slow one, DOCSIS channels increased yet again," said Jeff Heynen, research director for broadband access and pay TV at IHS. "But revenue was down due to a combination of aggressive pricing and a higher proportion of software licenses."
It should be noted that Heynen's first quarter 2014 report had cable access revenues similarly off 6 percent. Year-over-year, cable access revenue has increased nearly 43 percent.
According to IHS, Arris once again finished atop the market in the first quarter, with strong sales of its E6000 CCAP-capable product.
The research company also said that, to date, very few cable operators have deployed video QAM channels on their CCAP-capable platforms, reducing the long-term forecast for those channels.
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