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DOCSIS Device Shipments Slip in Q4

Combined DOCSIS cable modem and E-MTA shipments fell to 5.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2005, down 9.5% from Q3, according to the latest figures from Cable Digital News publisher Kinetic Strategies. Declines in E-MTAs, which are integrated cable modem and PacketCable IP phone adapter products, were sharpest in Q4, dropping 18.8% to 1.6 million units. Rather than indicating weakness in cable IP phone subscriber additions, the decline in E-MTA shipments reflects efforts by MSOs to reign in year-end capital expenditures by depleting existing product inventories. Look for a bounce back in Q1 2006, particularly as Comcast continues to ramp its IP phone rollout. Despite the slowdown in Q4, 2005 proved to be a blockbuster year for the E-MTA category. Worldwide E-MTA shipments totaled 6.5 million units, a whopping 282% increase over 2004. The same cannot be said for data-only cable modems, as DOCSIS modem shipments slipped 1.8% to 15.8 million units. It is the first time that annual DOCSIS modem shipments have fallen sequentially. Look for complete details, including Q4 and full-year 2005 vendor market share statistics, in the March 2006 edition of Cable Digital News.
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