Worldwide cable modem termination system (CMTS) revenue jumped 30% to $257 million in Q1 as cable operators raced to roll out more advanced broadband and IP telephony services, according to the latest data from Infonetics Research.
In its quarterly review, Infonetics found that the CMTS market particularly surged in North America, which has the lion's share of cable broadband homes. The big jump followed a surprising 6% drop in the last quarter of 2005.
Infonetics reported that Cisco Systems benefited greatly from the surge, as its global CMTS market share climbed 10 points to 61% and its North American CMTS revenue nearly doubled. In contrast, Cisco's two biggest rivals, Motorola and Arris, both lost worldwide market share. But BigBand Networks doubled its share.
Infonetics projects that annual global CMTS revenue will rise from $740 million in 2005 to $1.2 billion in 2009 as the cable broadband universe continues to grow. The firm sees the number of worldwide cable modem subscribers soaring 50% from 46.4 million in 2005 to 69.6 million in 2009.