Residential gateways the key to operator revenues, says Infonetics

Service providers are increasingly using residential gateways to transform their broadband video services and to build new revenue streams, a soon-to-be-released study from Infonetics Research concludes.

According to the "Residential Gateway Strategies: Global Provider Survey," broadband data, IPTV, Wi-Fi hotspot access and VOIP dominate the offerings provided by the gateway devices. By next year, the study estimates, about 44 percent of all operators will offer home automation via residential gateways and over half will use copper Ethernet to deliver broadband services.

"Operators continue to morph their fixed broadband network strategies to focus not only on the size of the connection to the subscriber, but also on the services and revenue these broadband connections can deliver," Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics said in an analyst note. "Residential gateways are critical to ensuring the successful delivery of these services within the home, particularly video services."

Infonetics said that over a third of survey respondents perceived Huawei and ZTE as the top residential vendors.

"Our recent survey shows the percentage of operators offering multiscreen video (wireless delivery of video to mobile phones, PCs and tablets) using a residential gateway is growing quickly, from just 6 percent today to 50 percent by 2014," Heynen continued. "They're looking to differentiate basic pay TV services and keep customers from moving to competitors, or, increasingly, cutting the cord entirely."

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For more:
- Infonetics Research issued this press release

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