Report sees IP video, cable TV test markets on the rise

September 8, 2006 -- From being a virtually non-existent market in 2003, the IP video test and measurement market saw significant growth in 2005, contends a new report from Frost & Sullivan.

Sep 8th, 2006

September 8, 2006 -- The global IP video test and measurement market earned revenues of $52.2 million in 2005 and is likely to reach $289 million by 2010, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.

With telecom and cable TV companies aggressively offering triple-play services, the firm's analysts discern a rising trend among test equipment and solution vendors to offer IPTV (search IPTV) test capability "within the same box." The analysis finds telecom companies increasingly launching VoIP and offering bundled video, data, and voice services to meet intense competition from cable TV providers and the growing migration of customers to VoIP-based telephony and wireless networks.

In a related report, Front & Sullivan's analysts reveal that revenue in the worldwide cable TV test equipment market topped $535 million in 2005, and is expected to reach $755 million by 2012.

The firm sees both telecom operators and cable TV operators "battling it out" to win subscribers, while noting that a triple-play strategy that efficiently bundles voice, video, and data services could prove a key determinant of the consumer's eventual choice. Hence, the firm's analysts conclude that a need for quality triple-play services is promoting the growth of the global CATV test equipment market, and ongoing advances in communication applications have further alerted the CATV test equipment market to the importance of equipment developments and upgrades.

Triple-play services are likely to have a high impact on the CATV test equipment market, say the analysts. Further, with the increasing use of fiber-optic based technologies, demand for optical time domain reflectometers (OTDR) is also seen increasing, mainly due to the growing uptake of high-definition television (HDTV), Internet protocol-based television (IPTV), fiber-to-the-curb/home/premise (FTTx), as well as other fiber-optic-based technologies.

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