The global market for digital subscriber line (DSL) equipment clocked up record growth in the third quarter of this year.
Sales were fuelled by aggressive deployments in China and migration to faster platforms in Japan, according to Gartner Dataquest.
The analyst firm found that worldwide DSL access multiplexer (DSLAM) port shipments reached 12.4 million units, a 182 per cent increase from the same period a year ago and a 32 per cent rise quarter over quarter.
DSLAM port shipments to Europe and the Middle East declined in the traditionally slower third quarter.
Worldwide customer premises equipment shipments increased 135.5 per cent year over year, and 25.8 per cent quarter over quarter, to 10.2 million units in the third quarter of 2003.
Alcatel was the DSLAM market leader in the third quarter of this year, with 34.4 per cent of port shipments, followed by Huawei with 17.7 per cent.
Siemens was the number one vendor in the customer premises equipment market in the quarter, with almost 13 per cent of unit shipments.
Gauri Pavate, principal analyst for Gartner's worldwide telecoms and networking group, said: "Strong demand for DSL equipment will continue for a few more quarters as several carriers enter their mass deployment phase, while others migrate to higher-speed platforms requiring replacements of some older equipment."
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