Pace Was World's Top Set-Top Supplier In 2009: Report

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The U.K.'s Pace captured the global set-top box market-share lead for 2009, leapfrogging Motorola and Technicolor SA, which had been No. 1 and 2 respectively the year earlier, according to research firm IMS Research.

Pace had 7.0% of the global market last year, the same as 2008, according to IMS. The company, which acquired the set-top box and connectivity solutions business of Royal Philips Electronics in April 2008, shipped 17.2 million set-tops to more than 100 pay-TV operators in 2009, according to Pace.

Comcast is among Pace's 60 customers in North America. Internationally, Pace customers include BT, UPC Broadband, Sky Mexico and DirecTV Pan Americana.

Meanwhile, Motorola's share of the set-top box market fell from 8.8% in 2008 to 6.1% in 2009, while Technicolor (formerly Thomson) dropped from 7.5% to 5.4% over the same period. Cisco Systems held steady with 3.9% share in 2009 compared with 3.8% share in 2008.

The "other" category was the biggest gainer last year, growing from 72.9% in 2008 to 77.6%, IMS said.

Pace, based in Saltaire, West Yorkshire, in the U.K., has more than 1,000 employees worldwide, including in the U.S., France, India and China.

"We have worked very hard to build a customer-centric organisation, working closely with our partners and consistently delivering outstanding, innovative products," Pace CEO Neil Gaydon said in a statement. "Our people and culture are the driving force behind our becoming the world's number one."