According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, total global revenue for the broadband access equipment market decreased to $4.7 billion in 2Q23, down 3 percent year-over-year (YoY). Outside of North America, spending on PON equipment and Fixed Wireless customer premises equipment (CPE) continued to remain strong this quarter, though not enough to offset declines in both cable and DSL CPE purchases.

“North American service providers are clearly seeing the impact of slowing subscriber growth by reducing their purchases of new DOCSIS, PON and even Fixed Wireless CPE,” said Jeff Heynen, vice president with Dell’Oro Group. “Meanwhile, infrastructure purchases in the region are more mixed, with cable access concentrator spending up sharply and PON optical line terminals (OLT) purchases only slightly down,” explained Heynen.

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2023 Broadband Access and Home Networking quarterly report:

  • Total residential Wireless LAN units were down 6 percent YoY, as a combination of seasonal slowness and reduced broadband subscriber growth dragged down new unit purchases in the quarter. The third quarter typically sees a return to growth in both unit shipments and revenue.
  • Total cable access concentrator revenue was up 15 percent YoY at $270 million. Remote PHY devices, Remote OLTs and Virtual CMTS platforms all recorded significant revenue gains for the quarter, as cable operators continue to expand their distributed access architectures and fiber initiatives.