SOURCE: Infonetics Research

June 25, 2008 18:18 ET

Infonetics Research: GPON sales up 33% in 1Q08

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research reports that the nascent GPON market posted healthy sequential growth worldwide in 1Q08, driven by service provider investments in broadband access networks to deliver bandwidth-intensive services such as IPTV bundled with voice and high-speed Internet services.

Infonetics' report, PON and FTTH Equipment and Subscribers, shows that during the same period, BPON equipment sales declined significantly and EPON sales dipped, together bringing the overall PON market down 3% to $417 million worldwide in 1Q08.

"Service providers increasingly turn to PON as the next generation of residential broadband access, primarily in areas where DSL service penetration has reached maturity and operators are looking to increase average revenue per user (ARPU)," said Mark Showalter, directing analyst for broadband networks at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

--  The top 3 overall PON market share leaders maintained their positions
    in 1Q08, with Mitsubishi leading, followed by Tellabs and Hitachi
--  Between 4Q07 and 1Q08, worldwide GPON manufacturer revenue increased
    33% and ports climbed 38%
--  Alcatel-Lucent retains 1st place in worldwide GPON revenue, followed
    ever more closely by Huawei
--  In 1Q08 worldwide Ethernet FTTH equipment revenue fell 6%
    sequentially, but is expected to increase 75% by 1Q09 as operators in
    Asia continue using Ethernet in metro areas to connect apartment
    buildings and businesses

Updated quarterly, Infonetics' PON report tracks PON equipment revenue and ports, including BPON, EPON, GPON, WDM-PON, and OLTs and ONTs with FTTH vs. FTTB splits; Ethernet FTTH equipment (CPE vs. service provider); and total FTTH equipment (CPE vs. non-CPE). The report also tracks PON, POTS, Ethernet, and DSL ports; and PON, PON FTTH, and Ethernet FTTH subscribers. The report provides worldwide and regional market size, worldwide market share, and forecasts.

Companies tracked include Alcatel-Lucent, Allied Telesis, Alloptic, Calix, Carrier Access, Cisco, Corecess, ECI, Ericsson, FiberHome, FlexLight, Fujitsu, Furukawa Electric, Hitachi, Huawei, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Novera Optics, Occam Networks, PacketFront, Sagem, Samsung, Sumitomo, Telco Systems, Tellabs, UTStarcom, Wave7 Optics, World Wide Packets, ZTE, and others.

Download report highlights by logging in to Infonetics' online portal from (see Broadband Networks area). For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international communications market research firm. Tracking emerging markets since 1990, Infonetics covers a broad range of service provider, product manufacturer, and enterprise and SMB markets, including network security, enterprise voice, unified communications, broadband networks, IPTV, IP video, mobile TV, optical networks, metro Ethernet, carrier routing and switching, wireless, WiMAX, FMC, VoIP, IMS, policy management, subscriber management, service management, carrier capex and opex, and more. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, service provider capex analysis, and custom research and consulting.

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    Mark Showalter
    Directing Analyst, Broadband Networks
    Infonetics Research
    +1 408.583.3381
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