High-end gateways and STBs crowding out broadband routers

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
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High-end gateways and STBs crowding out broadband routers in some home networking markets

CAMPBELL, CA — Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest Home Networking Devices report, which tracks broadband routers; residential gateways; set-top boxes (STBs); multimedia over coax (MoCA) optical network terminals (ONTs); and HomePlug Powerline, MoCA coax-Ethernet, and HPNA/G.hn adapters.


“In the more mature broadband markets of North America and Western Europe, service providers are deploying higher-end gateways and set-top boxes with integrated wireless and wired technologies to distribute video to multiple devices in the home. This is crowding out purchases of retail broadband routers,” notes Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.

“However, in emerging broadband markets, broadband routers continue to see shipment increases to add WiFi to home networks,” adds Heynen.

reducing the need for retail routers


  • Home networking devices are expected to bring in $13.4 billion on a global basis in 2014, 18% more than last year
  • 802.11ac routers represented just 2% of all WiFi-enabled routers shipped in 2013, but Infonetics expects 802.11ac to make up 42% of all WiFi-enabled router shipments by 2015
  • Residential gateway revenue increased 0.5% and broadband router revenue declined 7.0% in 1H14 from 2H13
  • The residential gateway and broadband router segments will continue to move in opposite directions as operators provide more advanced WiFi gateways to consumers for managed WiFi service in the home


Infonetics’ biannual home networking devices report provides worldwide and regional market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for home networking devices including residential gateways; STBs (MoCA, HomePlug AV2); MoCA ONTs; wired and WiFi (HomePlug Powerline, MoCA, HPNA, G.hn) broadband routers; and adapters (HomePlug Powerline AV/AV2, MoCA coax-Ethernet, HPNA/G.hn). Vendors tracked: Actiontec, Alcatel-Lucent, Arris Group, AVM, Belkin, Cisco Systems, Comtrend, Devolo, D-Link, Fiberhome, Hitron, Huawei, Netgear, Pace plc, Sagemcom, SMC Networks, Technicolor, TP-Link, TrendNet, Ubee Interactive, ZTE, ZyXel, others.