A major increase in worldwide broadband subscribers, along with the hot popularity of wireless- and Voice over Internet Protocol-enabled equipment, is resulting in Customer Premises Equipment market growth of nearly 20% in 2005, reports In-Stat.
The broadband Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) market, composed of devices that primarily include modem and home-networking functionality, is transitioning from being dominated by modems toward a heavier focus on gateways, the high-tech market research firm says.
"Broadband service providers are behind this transition, as they believe that it is necessary to deliver more advanced services," says Joyce Putscher, In-Stat analyst. "This transition will enable service providers to provide a back-end managed home network and add opportunities for additional revenue."
A recent report by In-Stat found the following:
* Many consumers are attempting to save on their phone bill by trying out several flavors of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which is boosting the market for VoIP-enabled CPE.
* The move from two-box solutions, such as modem/router combinations, to one-box residential gateway deployments for home networks means fewer boxes sold.
* This two-for-one box transition, however, will impact total broadband CPE unit growth over the next five years.
The report, "Broadband CPE 2005: Focus on VoIP, Integration & Wireless," covers trends and worldwide vendor market shares.
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