Cable operators may not have had a great year overall in 2002, but they did
buy a lot of Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification modems, according
to the latest figures from Kinetic Strategies Inc.
Worldwide, shipments of DOCSIS modems were up 25 percent for the year,
totaling 10.3 million units. That increase was driven in part by modem sales
outside of North America, which rose 50 percent, from 2.4 million units in 2001
to 3.6 million in 2002.
Domestic DOCSIS shipments -- which make up 70 percent of the total volume --
still rose a healthy 15.7 percent, from 5.7 million to 6.6 million.
As in the past, most of the shipments were to cable operators, with fewer
than 15 percent sold at retail worldwide, according to Kinetic.
In the fourth quarter, modem sales were slightly off the year's growth pace.
In all, 2.9 million modems were shipped for the period, a 10 percent increase
compared with the third quarter.
Among the vendors, Motorola Inc. was again the top seller and, for the first
time, it topped the 1 million mark for a quarter at 1,085,000 units sold
worldwide. It claimed the domestic top spot, as well, shipping 654,000
In second place for North American shipments was Toshiba America Information
Systems Inc., which sold 350,000 units. It was followed by Thomson Consumer
Electronics (306,000), Scientific-Atlanta Inc. (150,000) and Terayon
Communication Systems Inc. (140,000).