SOURCE: Infonetics Research

February 20, 2007 14:37 ET

Alcatel breaks 30M DSL port threshold in 2006; worldwide DSL port shipments near 100M

CAMPBELL, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 20, 2007 -- According to Infonetics Research's new "Broadband Aggregation Hardware and Subscribers" report, the broadband boom continues unabated, as evidenced by two significant milestones in 2006: Worldwide DSL port shipments neared the 100 million mark and market leader Alcatel-Lucent shipped over 30 million DSL ports.

Meanwhile, manufacturer revenue for broadband aggregation hardware continues to battle against the downward pricing pressure of competition, suffering from a 16% drop in 3Q06 but bouncing back in 4Q06 with a 7% gain. The market ended on a high note, with a 4% gain between 2005 and 2006.

"Major service providers around the world are committed to DSL being their baseline broadband access technology, and are aggressively deploying it to meet the demands of the rapidly increasing numbers of DSL subscribers worldwide," said Infonetics Research analyst Jeff Heynen. "The flip side is the intense competition among vendors to win large long-term service provider contracts, which is putting substantial pressure on pricing, reflected in the disconnect between strong port growth and weak revenue growth in the broadband aggregation hardware market."

CY06 Broadband Aggregation Hardware Market Highlights

--  Worldwide DSL port shipments increased 22% between 2005 and 2006
--  IP DSLAM revenue is up 41% in 2006, while ATM DSLAM revenue is down
    18%, as networks around the world prepare to deliver new IP services such
    as VPNs, VoIP, and IPTV
--  Market leader Alcatel-Lucent maintains its strong #1 position, with
    about 1/3 of worldwide broadband aggregation hardware port and revenue
    market share
--  Huawei is #2 in both revenue and port market share, followed by
    Ericsson for revenue share and port share
--  The number of worldwide DSL subscribers will reach 274 million in 2009
--  After a significant downturn in 3Q06, DSL shipments were back up to
    normal levels in 4Q06 in North America now that major mergers have been
    completed or approved
Infonetics' "Broadband Aggregation Hardware and Subscribers" report provides worldwide and regional forecasts, market size, and market share for DSLAMs split by ATM vs. IP, next gen DLCs, and multiservice access platforms (MSAPs), and includes port detail (ADSL, G.SHDSL, VDSL, PON OLT, Ethernet OLT, and DS0s).

Companies tracked include ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, Calix, Ciena, ECI, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, NEC, Nokia, Occam Networks, Samsung, Siemens, Sumitomo, Tellabs, UTStarcom, Zhone, ZyXEL, ZTE, and others.

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Infonetics Research ( is the premier international market research and consulting firm specializing in data networking and telecom, providing a complete view of the market. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, and service provider capex analysis.

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