Fueled by a strong showing in North America, 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.

The research firm said Motorola Broadband held on to the top slot with 32.6 percent of the market, a figure buoyed by fervent shipments of DOCSIS-based gear. Overall, non-DOCSIS units accounted for only 1.3 percent of worldwide cable modem CPE units in the third quarter of 2002, Gartner Dataquest said.

"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 the firm's worldwide telecommunications group.

Traditional, stand-alone cable modems have fallen well below the $100 mark for consumers., as one example, was selling D-Link's DCM-200 for $79 over the holidays. Until the market launches services that require more complex devices that support home networking, prices will continue to fall, Reali said.

Worldwide cable modem CPE vendor unit shipment estimates, 3Q02
(Thousands of Units)
Vendor3Q02 Vendor shipments3Q02 Market share (%)3Q01 Vendor shipments3Q01 Market share (%)Growth (%)
Motorola Broadband Communications98032.682532.818.8
Toshiba America35611.832512.99.5
Source: Gartner Dataquest (December 2002)