The market for DLC/MSAN (Digital Loop Carrier/ Multi-Service Access Node) equipment is on the rise

October 31, 2005

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The market for DLC/MSAN (Digital Loop Carrier/ Multi-Service Access Node) equipment is on the rise, as shipments to telecom carriers will jump from 24 million ports in 2004 to 36.9 million ports in 2009, reports In-Stat (http://www.in-stat.com). DLCs that provided remote termination of POTS lines in the access network have evolved to become MSANs that support POTS, DSL, and FTTP access lines, the high-tech market research firm says.

“DLC/MSAN vendors now offer a number of features that support the service provider transition to new broadband services and an all-IP network,” says Henry Goldberg, In-Stat analyst. “These products enable deep fiber solutions, such as FTTN and FTTC, where the DLC equipment is deployed closer to the user so that copper loop lengths are shorter, and ADSL2+ or VDSL technologies provide the required high bandwidth. Some service providers deploy fiber all the way to customer premise using an FTTP architecture that is also supported by the MSANs.”

A recent report by In-Stat found the following:

  • In-Stat expects worldwide DLC/MSAN POTS + DSL revenues to stay relatively flat for the next five years, due to heavy price competition among the vendors.

  • Huawei continued to be the worldwide leader in overall DLC/MSAN port shipments in 2004, with about a 36% market share, and Alcatel was second, with a 21% market share.

  • A number of vendors support VoIP media gateway functionality to enable replacement of Class 5 PSTN switches.

In-Stat

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