Following a series of fits and starts in the early part of the decade, the cable modem termination system (CMTS) sector enjoyed its best-ever year in 2004, as revenues leapt to $667 million, up 57 percent from 2003.
The rise marked the seventh consecutive quarterly increase for the CMTS market, according to Infonetics Research.
The jump comes in lockstep with general cable modem subscriber growth (up 22 percent to 41 million from 2003 to 2004), and drivers such as VoIP and speed increases for consumer and business customers.
The research firm noted that Cisco Systems, Motorola Inc. and ARRIS together capture 89 percent of global CMTS market revenue. Cisco has maintained its lead in the field, with more than 50 percent of the market, according to Infonetics data.