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Thomson gears up for cable 'triple-play' growth

Wed, 11/23/2005 - 6:09am

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November 21, 2005 Monday
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French electronics manufacturer Thomson announced Monday the launch of three new cable modem products specifically targeting the expanding cable triple-play market. The company also announced it has shipped 7 million cable modems to cable operators since its inception in 1999.

Thomson unveiled a range of modems for cable operators including a triple-play cable set-top box, a hybrid cable-IP box providing access to both IPTV and broadcast TV services, and a wireless cable modem offering integrated VoIP and wireless Internet access.

The three new cable products, "destined for the residential market," are specifically designed to allow a quick and cost-effective deployment of triple-play services for cable operators.

The DCI5700 Set-Top Box includes an internal cable modem so that operators can deploy one single unit, supporting TV, telephony and broadband Internet.

The IPTV/Cable TV box, the DCI52IP, supports both DVB and IP-based television services. The set-top box will enable new entrants into the market to offer digital TV, as well as network operators looking to take advantage of IPTV features such as video-on-demand.

In contrast, the VoIP cable modem is aimed at cablecos looking to expand their offering with new services. The TWG850 is a wireless device that enables operators to offer voice and high-speed data services simultaneously.

"With industry analysts predicting dramatic growth in the market for triple play services over cable, Thomson now has a line up of cable TV set-top boxes that cover every conceivable triple-play delivery scenario," said Frederic Kurkjian, vice president of Thomson's Worldwide Cable Business division.

Kurkjian added that the firm now offers "a complete, end-to-end solution for cable operators looking to deploy voice over IP services" since its acquisition of network business, Cirpack.

According to Thomson, research and analyst group In-Stat has reported that worldwide cable modem subscribers are set to reach 50 million by the end of this year, rising to 99 million by 2009.

In-Stat projects that the total number of worldwide digital cable TV subscribers will rise to over 108 million by the end of 2009.

Meanwhile, a report by Infonetics Research published last week states that worldwide DSL subscribers will reach 195.6 million in 2008.

The same report said the DSL aggregation hardware market was down in the third quarter, but up overall for the year. Revenue was down 2% to $1.57 billion after gaining 11% in the second quarter.

Worldwide DSL aggregation hardware port shipments were up 1% to just under 21 million.

Meanwhile, BLC VDSL ports more than doubled between the second and third quarter as service providers continue to invest in VDSL technology to generate new revenue from service such as video-on-demand.

In the carrier router and switch market, sales were up 3% in Q3 led by strong IP router growth, with a total revenue of $1.86 billion. Cisco dominated the router and switch market, as well as the enterprise router market, which showed good growth, up 8% from Q2.

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