North America sales help drive PON equipment market up 25 percent, research firm says

Passive optical networking (PON) equipment is seeing a big jump in demand worldwide, a new report from Dell'Oro Group says, with manufacturers including Calix, Huawei, Technicolor and ZTE reaping the benefits from sales growth rates ranging from 20 percent to 60 percent in the third quarter.

China's three largest service providers -- China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile -- were the biggest drivers of growth in the PON equipment market worldwide, but North American sales saw an upswing as well. "Although demand in China has grown significantly, this quarter we also saw an increase in PON demand in North America, where both larger Tier-1 service providers as well as many smaller regional operators have been investing in their fiber infrastructures in order to offer gigabit services," said Alam Tamboli, senior analyst at Dell'Oro.

Meantime, cable and DSL sales fell in the quarter, the report found. Release