BANGALORE, India Fast advancing applications are causing xDSL test equipment vendors-- who had a global market of $358 million in 2004-- to try and match pace with xDSL application development.
While this figure is expected to rise to $885 million in 2011, vendors have to develop new equipment as, for instance, DSL access multiplexer equipment has been upgraded to IP-based from being ATM-based, the study said.
xDSL vendors need offer sophisticated equipment to test popular applications like voice- and video-over DSL but run the risk of losing sales to in-house development if their product development is slow. But huge demand for broadband and high-speed internet connectivity could ensure substantial deployment of xDSL technologies by incumbent local exchange carriers.
The trend of converging video, voice and data on the same system-- triple play-- is another significant driver for the xDSL market. Telecoms firms wish to add IP television (IPTV) to their services while cable television companies are hoping to offer voice services. This has helped the growth of high-speed networks, and ADSL2+ and very-high-speed DSL (VDSL) are the broadband technologies used to meet triple play requirements.
“These technologies can support services that require higher bandwidth such as video, high-speed data interconnection, and online gaming and provide different levels of bandwidth for home and business users. As a result, there is also growth in the xDSL equipment market,” said Ayshwarya Deepak and Olga Yashkova, analysts with Frost & Sullivan (New York).