Fixed LTE and DOCSIS 3.0 shipments boosted the broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) market in the second quarter of this year.

According to a recent report by Infonetics Research, worldwide broadband CPE revenue reached $2.7 billion in second quarter, up 8 percent from the previous quarter and up 29 percent from a year ago

“The overall broadband CPE market is strong, as operators continue to transition to higher-speed, wider-band technologies to support steadily growing numbers of subscribers with ever-growing appetites for bandwidth. In particular, in the cable space, DOCSIS 3.0 shipments now clearly outweigh DOCSIS 2.0,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research. “There were a surprising number of fixed LTE gateways shipped in the Middle East, Africa, the Philippines, and other areas of Southeast Asia in the second quarter. This reflects the growing use of fixed LTE by operators in some markets to complement their existing fixed broadband services and extend their broadband footprint in rural markets and where physical infrastructure isn’t available.”

The report indicated that intelligent, video-capable gateways were catching on as connected home and multi-screen services continued to grow.

Huawei maintained its broadband CPE revenue share lead in the second quarter, and was also a major early provider of fixed LTE CPE. Following Huawei, Arris, ZTE and Technicolor, respectively, rounded out the top-four worldwide broadband CPE vendors.

The report also found that global fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) CPE sales grew 7 percent between the first and second quarters of this year.