As cable operators continue to expand their DOCSIS 3.0 networks, DOCSIS 3.0 customer premise equipment (CPE) will gobble up more of the market share for devices shipped worldwide.

Next year, DOCSIS 3.0 CPE device shimpments will reach 50 million, accounting for more than 89 percent of cable CPE shipments, according to a recent study by ABI Research.

ABI said that the total DSL CPE shipments by the end of this year were likely to be around 2 percent lower than total shipments in 2012; mainly due to slow subscriber net addition in DSL broadband service.

“However, since DSL operators continue to upgrade to higher speed VDSL services, VDSL CPE shipments are growing stronger. ABI Research expects that VDSL CPE will account for over 25 percent of DSL CPE device shipments in 2014,” said Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst.

Overall, broadband CPE shipments at the end of 2013 were projected to surpass 147 million, according to ABI Research’s latest market data. The devices counted included modems, wired routers, and gateways.

Despite a growing broadband subscriber base and increasing demand for advanced broadband services, broadband CPE shipments were only expected to grow to 150 million in 2014.

“Increasing adoption of fiber-optic broadband services is driving the growth of fiber-optic CPE shipments. Fiber-optic CPE will represent 26 percent of overall broadband CPE shipped in 2014. Cable and DSL CPE devices will have equal market share of around 37 percent,” said Jake Saunders, vice president and practice director, ABI Research.

With a 13 percent market share, ZTE was tops for broadband shipments in the third quarter of this year while Arris’ purchase of Motorola moved it into second place overall. Combined shipments of Arris and Motorola CPE represented a 12 percent market share that just edged out Huawei’s 11 percent.