Arris and Motorola Lead the D3 Modem Market in 2012

As reported by Infonetics Research Inc., Arris Group Inc. and Motorola Mobility LLC joined forces to dominate all Docsis 3.0 consumer premises equipment (CPE) earnings in 2012 by acquiring 45 percent of $1.6 billion in sales (up from $1 billion in 2011).  Last year Arris held 29 percent of the D3 modem market, and will now add Motorola Home’s 16 percent to their numbers after acquiring the unit that makes Docsis modems, set-tops and broadband access gear from Google.


Cisco ended up in third place with 15 percent of D3 CPE sales in 2012.  Netgear came in at a close 11 percent, and Ubee Interactive at 8 percent.


Arris had a great 2012 because its biggest customer, Comcast Corporation was very active with Docsis 3.0 switch-outs of embedded multimedia terminal adapters (E-MTAs) — Docsis/PacketCable units that provide for both cable voice and broadband data services.


Wi-Fi, video gateways give way to new opportunities


It’s believed that Arris will stay in the D3 CPE lead after acquiring Motorola Home, but other manufacturers should have no problem getting their share as the cable companies keep things competitive by expanding their suppliers and product sourcing.  Other opportunities will expand with MSOs distribution of wireless data/voice gateways and new video gateways that will require Docsis 3.0 cable modems.


Infonetics analyst Jeff Heynen said “Cisco will remain a major player.”  He also predicted that other vendors such as Ubee, Technicolor SA, Hitron Technologies Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. And Pace plc are in position to gain momentum.


Heynen continued that a “huge wildcard” that could shake things up are headed and deadless video gateways with D3 modems that can connect up to 24 channels—enough to support maximum speeds about 1Gbit/s.  “That could throw a monkey wrench in the market share as it currently stands.”


Infonetics believes video gateway sales will grow from just $97 million worldwide in 2012 to $3.6 billion by the close of 2017.


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