PON equipment sales drive broadband access market in Q2 2015, says research firm

Service providers' ongoing FTTH deployments that incorporate passive optical networking (PON) have driven the worldwide broadband access market to $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2015, says Dell'Oro Group in a new report.

The majority of this growth came from China where China Telecom and China Unicom, two of the country's largest service providers, are rolling out FTTH to more consumers and business customers. During the quarter, demand for PON technology grew 16 percent year-over-year in the second quarter.

Alam Tamboli, senior analyst at Dell'Oro, said in a release that what's interesting about the China market is that more service providers are "shifting from deploying the central office equipment to deploying customer premises equipment which indicates that FTTH services are being rolled out." He added that shipments of PON customer premises equipment have almost doubled Y/Y in 2Q15, while shipments of central office equipment have slowed." Release

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