4Q Cable-Modem Shipments Down


Last year's shortage of radio-frequency tuners, flash memory and other
components caused service providers to overstock on cable modems, resulting in a
14 percent dip in vendor shipments of the equipment in the fourth quarter of
last year, Gartner Inc.'s Dataquest disclosed in its most recent survey of
cable-modem vendors.

Specifically, about 2.5 million units were shipped in the fourth quarter,
down from 2.9 million in the previous period. Revenues from global cable-modem
shipments also sunk in the fourth quarter to about $411.8 million, dropping 22
percent versus a high of $530.2 million in the third quarter, Dataquest

Dataquest said Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification-based modems
accounted for the lion's share -- about 91 percent -- of the 2.54 million units
shipped in the fourth quarter, as proprietary gear continued to lag further and
further behind standards-based equipment.

The research firm said 83 percent of the DOCSIS market is now owned by six
vendors: Motorola Broadband Communications Sector (29.5 percent), 3Com Corp.
(16.4 percent), Thomson Consumer Electronics (8.4 percent), Com21 Inc. (8.3
percent), Toshiba America Consumer Products (7.9 percent) and Samsung
Electronics America Inc. (7.8 percent).