DSL broadband roll-out slowing says Ovum

The rate at which DSL broadband connections are being introduced to homes world-wide is slowing, according to figures from market analysts Ovum.

Its preliminary figures for the third quarter of this year show that the number of DSL terminations has dipped to levels not seen since the same quarter of 2005. Cable connections are faring better.

“Although 3Q has been a historically weak one for DSL shipments, this one was certainly extreme,” said Tanya Harris, senior analyst at Ovum. “Global ports were at a level we haven’t seen since 3Q05.”

Ovum’s analysis suggests that DSLAM shipments in the third quarter of this year have numbered 18.3 million, down 25% compared with the second quarter of this year and down 17% compared with the third quarter of 2007.

Cable connections in the third quarter of this year stood at 196,721, down 23% compared with the second quarter of 2008, abut up 50% on the third quarter of 2007.

Alcatel-Lucent, which shipped 6.1 million DSL ports during the quarter, claimed a 34% market share on a rolling four-quarter basis, followed by Huawei (27%), ZTE (13%), Nokia Siemens Networks (6%), and Ericsson (5%).

In the cable connections (CMTS) market, strong results from Cisco and Arris lifted the market 50% compared with the third quarter of 2007. Cisco holds 62% of the market on a rolling four-quarters basis, followed by Arris with 28% and Motorola with 8%.

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