Worldwide shipments of cable modems totaled more than 3 million units in the third quarter of 2002, a 19.4 percent boost versus the same period last year, Gartner Dataquest reported. Worldwide shipments of the gear totaled 2.5 million units in the third quarter of 2001.
"North America continues to see strong demand for cable broadband access services in the third quarter of 2002, and shipments of cable modems reflect this trend," said Patti Reali, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest's worldwide telecommunications group, in a statement. "U.S.-based vendors will start to see even more intense competition for the low-end, simple-functionality modems from the Asian-based manufacturers, and until the market launches advanced services that require more complex, higher-functionality CPE devices enabling home networking and other applications, prices will continue to fall."
The research firm said Motorola Broadband Communications held on to its top slot with 32.6 percent of the market, a figure buoyed by strong DOCSIS shipments. Terayon fell from the second slot to the fifth spot because of a weak quarter in the proprietary cable modem segment, Gartner Dataquest said.
Overall, non-DOCSIS units accounted for only 1.3 percent of worldwide cable modem CPE units in the third quarter of 2002.