DOCSIS 3.0 CPE growth furthers need for video analyzer investment

December 16, 2013 - 1:41pm
A rise in broadband CPE shipments means that operators should ensure they have the tools to facilitate optimal video transport and analysis.

A significant rise in next-gen customer premises equipment for DOCSIS 3.0 broadband will likely lead to higher demand for analyzer and QoS monitoring tools that can ensure that video transport meets the standard. A recent report by ABI Research projected that broadband CPE shipments will hit 50 million in 2014, representing a 14 percent rise over 2013 shipments.

Overall broadband CPE shipments are forecasted to amount to more than 147 million in 2013 and 150 million in 2014, according to the research firm. Demand for broadband services has led to increased investment of modems, gateways and wired routers to facilitate effective transmission. DOCSIS 3.0 CPE devices will continue to make up the bulk of cable CPE shipments, with the expected 50 million 2014 shipments to account for more than 89 percent of all CPE shipped. 

The increased presence of advanced broadband CPE equipment such as hybrid-fiber coaxial and optical fiber connections will drive a rise in bandwidth availability, according to Ars Technica. Online video viewing is likely to increase as bandwidth becomes more available. Network operators must ensure that they have portable analysis tools, such as the Handheld QAM/8VSB/DOCSIS 3 Signal Meter and Portable Digital TV/RF Analyzer, on hand to facilitate optimal video transport.

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