Exciting Times for CATV/Broadband Market, but RF Revenue will Remain Flat

by Eric Higham, Asif Anwar | Jan 04, 2017

Gallium Nitride (GaN) Technology to See Revenue Growth


Boston, MA - January 4, 2017 – DOCSIS 3.1 (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) networks will usher in a new era for CATV/broadband service providers. This specification allows cable operators to provide services and data speeds competitive with current fiber offerings, while providing a clear path for network evolution.

The Strategy Analytics Advanced Semiconductor Applications (ASA) service report, “CATV/Broadband Infrastructure Amplifier Forecast and Outlook: 2015 - 2021,” indicates that DOCSIS 3.1 networks will provide obvious benefits for operators and consumers, but the advantages for the RF portion of the network are not as clear. The report concludes that RF revenue will peak in 2016 in response to DOCSIS 3.1 network deployments, but then decline over the rest of the forecast period as fiber pushes deeper into the networks. It also extrapolates that GaN technology will be the only RF technology to see revenue growth in this market application.

Click here for the report: CATV/Broadband Infrastructure Amplifier Forecast and Outlook: 2015 - 2021


Eric Higham, Service Director, Advanced Semiconductor Applications service commented: “DOCSIS 3.1 is a significant accomplishment for the CAVT/broadband industry. It provides an evolution path for the networks that allows operators to add capacity and services as consumer needs dictate, while remaining competitive with fiber alternatives”. He added, “The challenge for the RF industry will be to expand device opportunities as fiber moves deeper into the HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coax) networks in response to the increasing data traffic enabled by DOCSIS 3.1 networks”.

Asif Anwar, Service Director, Advanced Defense Systems service added: “The performance advantages of GaN make it the preferred technology for the power amplifiers in the CATV/broadband infrastructure network. This will enable a small revenue increase over the forecast period”.


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US Contact: Eric Higham, +1 617 614 0721, ehigham@strategyanalytics.com

European Contact: Asif Anwar, +44(0) 1908 423635, aanwar@strategyanalytics.com


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