Interest in GPON and VDSL2 vectoring and gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) in North America pushed worldwide sales of broadband aggregation equipment to $2.1 billion in the second quarter of 2014, according to Infonetics Research. The market research firm reports in its upcoming 2Q14 “PON, FTTH, and DSL Aggregation Equipment and Subscribers” report due August 29 that broadband aggregation equipment sales grew 17% sequentially and 19% year-over-year.
The rising tight floated all technology boats versus 1Q14, Infonetics says. Point-to-point Ethernet FTTH equipment sales jumped 45%, DSL aggregation gear revenues climbed 21%, and PON systems sales increased 15%. Within the PON segment, GPON sales grew 19% sequentially in 2Q14 and 44% from the year-ago quarter, sparked by the Chinese market.
VDSL port deployments grew to 6.6 million in 2Q14, thanks to interest in the Europe/Middle East/Africa market – and particularly in Europe – in vectoring deployments. Meanwhile, the North American market overcame its traditional first quarter doldrums to rebound in the second quarter. The onset of U.S. projects that will leverage dollars from the Connect America Fund is expected to boost the overall North American market later in the year.
Infonetics’ quarterly broadband aggregation report tallies worldwide and regional market size, market share, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for EPON, GPON, FTTH, FTTB, PON, and DSL aggregation equipment and subscribers.