Toshiba takes domestic DOCSIS lead in Q1
Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. shipped 430,000 DOCSIS cable modems in North America during the first quarter of 2002, supplanting Motorola Broadband for the first time as the top mover of the equipment in the region, reported research firm Kinetic Strategies Inc.
In addition to a strong first quarter, Toshiba's rise to the top was buoyed by the fact that Motorola Broadband's DOCSIS modem shipments fell more than 50 percent during the period.
Kinetic Strategies noted that Q1 shipments allowed Toshiba to capture 29.3 percent of the North American market, compared to Motorola's 22.5 percent. However, Motorola retained its global lead with 600,000 units and a 28.25 percent market share. Toshiba was second worldwide with 450,000 units shipped and a 21.19 percent share.
Toshiba also has a lead over Motorola in terms of receiving the all-important DOCSIS 1.1-certification seal from CableLabs. Two Toshiba modems (the PCX2500 and the PCX300) have been granted 1.1-certification, while Motorola modems have yet to receive a passing grade for DOCSIS 1.1. CableLabs' current certification wave is slated to finish up on June 18, with results distributed on or around June 20.
Overall, DOCSIS cable modem growth flattened in the first quarter, with 2.1 units shipped. Of that total, 69 percent were shipped in North America, Kinetic reported.
Rounding out worldwide DOCSIS cable modem shipments in Q1 2002, Kinetic Strategies reported that Thomson shipped 320,000 units for a 15.07 percent share, followed by Scientific-Atlanta (183,000/8.62 percent), Askey (127,000/5.98 percent), Com21 (112,000/5.27 percent), Samsung (66,616/3.14 percent), Linksys (53,846/2.54 percent), US Robotics (21,200/1 percent) and Terayon (15,000/0.71 percent).