Multiscreen video delivery via residential gateways a fast-growing trendThursday, May 16th, 2013
CAMPBELL, Calif. — Market research firm Infonetics released excerpts from its Residential Gateway Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey, which delves into service providers strategies for deploying residential gateways, applications driving deployments, and their top picks for residential gateway vendors, services, technologies and features.
“They’re looking to differentiate basic pay TV services and keep customers from moving to competitors or, increasingly, cutting the cord entirely.”
“Operators continue to morph their fixed broadband network strategies to focus not only on the size of the connection to the subscriber, but also on the services and revenue these broadband connections can deliver. Residential gateways are critical to ensuring the successful delivery of these services within the home, particularly video services,” notes Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.
“Our recent survey shows the percentage of operators offering multiscreen video (wireless delivery of video to mobile phones, PCs, and tablets) using a residential gateway is growing quickly, from just 6% today to 50% by 2014,” continues Heynen. “They’re looking to differentiate basic pay TV services and keep customers from moving to competitors or, increasingly, cutting the cord entirely.”
RESIDENTIAL GATEWAY SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS
- Broadband data, IPTV, WiFi hotspot access, and VoIP are the main applications operator respondents are currently offering using a residential gateway
- The number of operators offering home automation services using a residential gateway grows to 44% by 2014
- Well over half of respondents are using copper Ethernet to deliver broadband services
- Huawei and ZTE are perceived as the top residential gateway vendors by over a third of survey respondents
For its 24-page residential gateway survey, Infonetics interviewed incumbent and competitive telecom operators in North America, EMEA, Latin America, and Asia Pacific about residential gateway deployment strategies, residential gateway vendors, features, services, technologies (VDSL/VDSL2, GPON, Ethernet, DOCSIS, LTE, etc.), and interfaces (Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n/ac, USB, HomePlug AV, MoCA, Zigbee, Z-Wave, coaxial, etc.). Vendors named by service providers in response to open-ended questions in the survey include Actiontec, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB/Pirelli), Alcatel-Lucent, AVM, Calix, Comtrend, D-Link, FiberHome, Huawei, Humax, Motorola, NETGEAR, Pace plc, Sagemcom, Samsung, Technicolor, TP-Link, Zhone, ZTE, ZyXEL, and others.