SOURCE: Infonetics Research

IHS has acquired Infonetics Research logo

July 30, 2015 20:09 ET

IHS: Upgrades to Cable Broadband Networks Driving HFC Optical Nodes to Double by 2019

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - July 30, 2015) - IHS (NYSE: IHS) forecasts global hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) optical node shipments to more than double in the 5 years from 2014 to 2019, jumping from 92,000 to 200,000. Driving the boost are cable operators upgrading their networks with optical fiber cable, taking advantage of its high-bandwidth, low-noise, low-interference characteristics to deliver broadband video, data and voice services to homes and businesses.

"Optical nodes have rapidly become important platforms for cable operators to grow their broadband capabilities. By way of increased node splitting today for increased bandwidth and a transition to distributed access in the coming years, optical nodes will see significant unit growth and innovation," said Jeff Heynen, research director for broadband access and pay TV at IHS.


Globally, HFC optical node revenue reached $356 million in 2014, up 14 percent from 2013.

In 2014, 80 percent of worldwide optical node revenue came from digital return nodes, and 15 percent from analog return nodes.

By 2019, IHS expects 35 percent of new physical nodes to be remote CCAP devices, 27 percent to be R-PHY units, and 23 percent to be traditional digital return nodes.

Arris led optical node global revenue and physical node unit shipments for the full-year 2014.

The 23-page IHS Infonetics HFC Optical Nodes market share and forecast report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2019 and in-depth analysis for hybrid fiber-coaxial optical nodes. The annual market research service tracks physical node units, logical node segments and revenue for optical node types including analog and digital return, and remote PHY, converged cable access platform (CCAP) and cable modem termination system (CMTS).

Clients: Log in to view on-demand analyst Jeff Heynen's HFC optical node market recap and outlook:


Biggest Trend among Cable Operators: Massive DOCSIS Deployments and a Shift to Remote/Distributed Access:

Broadband CPE Market Up 3 Percent from a Year Ago in 1Q15:

Reliable WiFi for Multiscreen TV Is Powering Growth in WiFi Extender Market:

Cable Broadband Equipment Market Off to Mixed Start in 2015:

14 Percent Increase for Broadband Equipment Market from a Year Ago:

Download the IHS Infonetics 2015 service brochure or log in:
- Pay TV Subscriber Database and Video Equipment Tracker (May)
- HFC Optical Nodes Forecast (July)
- IP Set-Top Box Features and Vendor Leadership Survey (July
- CCAP and Distributed Access Leadership Analysis (Aug.)
- CCAP, CMTS, and Edge QAM Hardware Forecast (Aug.)
- PON, FTTH, and DSL Aggregation Equipment Forecast (Aug.)
- PON, FTTH, Cable, DSL, and Wireless Broadband CPE Forecast (Sept.)
- VDSL, G.Fast, Next-Gen FTTH Strategies and Vendor Leadership Survey (Oct.)

- Cable's Software-Defined Networking (SDN) Future (Sept. 29: Learn More)
- Striking Gold with Subscriber Analytics (Watch now)
- The Future Cable Network: Enabled by Packet Transport, Virtualization (Watch now)
- Getting to a Gig: Technology Options for Premium Broadband (Watch now)
- The Evolving Broadcast Video Infrastructure (Sponsor)

+1 844-301-7334 or

About IHS (
IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of insight, analytics and expertise in critical areas that shape today's business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 150 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs about 8,800 people in 32 countries around the world.

IHS is a registered trademark of IHS Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. © 2015 IHS Inc. All rights reserved.

Image Available:

Contact Information

  • News Media Contact:
    Jeff Heynen
    Research Director, Broadband Access and Pay TV
    +1 408-583-3359
    Email contact
    Twitter: @jeffheynen