Ovum predicts PON ONTs/ONUs and VDSL2 grow strongly in 2Q12, while other market segments lag

Melbourne, (PresseBox) - Preliminary results for the FTTx, DSL and CMTS markets show a mix of growth and declines in 2Q12 as multiple transitions in fixed access technologies and products continued, notes Ovum.

In a new report* the independent telecoms analyst firm says that PON ONT and ONU units and VDSL2 port shipments grew strongly while other segments lagged.

The transition stages vary greatly from country to country, but at a global aggregate level, they include a shift from DSL to FTTH/FTTB networks and a deceleration of OLT shipments as the focus swings to customer acquisition and ONT/ONU sales. In 2Q12 overall DSL shipments were down, but VDSL2 volumes recovered strongly to a record 6.3 million. In North America, the proportion of VDSL2 was 57 percent of all DSL shipments, in EMEA 43 percent.

Within FTTH/FTTB PON networks, shipments of global PON customer premise equipment (ONTs and ONUs) rose strongly as a long wave of OLT installations at the central office has begun to lose steam. Asia-Pacific and China in particular led sales of PON ONTs and ONUs. We noticed the first year-over-year decline in global PON OLT port shipments in more than three years.

Table 1 below shows vendor rankings in each market segment. These rankings are for shipment volumes only.

However, leadership in shipment volumes is not always translating into leadership in revenues or profits. Ovum revenue market share results and rankings will be available in a week, and the results differ from those of shipment volumes.

Kamalini Ganguly, Analyst, Network Infrastructure Practice comments: "The division that has opened up recently between PON volume and revenue trends continued in 2Q12 due to price wars, particularly in China, and will have an impact on vendor results and strategy.

"The conversation in fixed access tends to be around shipment volumes, but the focus should really be on revenues and profits. The PON price wars in China and elsewhere are not sustainable. Revenues are not keeping pace with growth in volumes. Vendors - even Huawei - are being pickier about projects and markets. If price pressures continue, there may be more vendor consolidation like that of Calix's acquisition of Ericsson's PON portfolio."

CMTS vendors saw volumes drop quarter-on-quarter in 2Q12, but such softness is not unusual at this time of the year. Shipments are still high and were up 10 percent from the year-ago level.

"CMTS annualized shipments in North America and EMEA are at their peak," concludes Ganguly.


Ovum provides clients with independent and objective analysis that enables them to make better business and technology decisions. Our research draws upon over 400,000 interviews a year with business and technology, telecoms and sourcing decision-makers, giving Ovum and our clients unparalleled insight not only into business requirements but also the technology that organizations must support. Ovum is an Informa business.

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