Less than a month after CableLabs released its new DOCSIS 3.0 spec, one research consulting firm is predicting a bonanza for tech gear meeting that standard in five years' time.
In a study issued last week, ABI Research projects that "volume shipments of DOCSIS 3.0-compliant network equipment" will start next year as cable operators begin gearing up for the new broadband standard. But the firm expects the market to take off slower for cable modems, embedded multimedia terminal adapters (E-MTAs), digital set-top boxes, residential home networking gateways and other consumer equipment than for cable modem termination systems (CMTSs) because of the huge installed base of existing DOCSIS gear in subscribers' homes.
Specifically, ABI forecasts that cable system penetration of DOCSIS 3.0 CMTS devices will reach nearly 60% by 2011. It sees penetration of DOCSIS 3.0 customer premises equipment (CPE) rising slower to just under 40% over the same period.
--Alan Breznick, Site Editor, Cable Digital News