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CSPs are evolving the access network to support higher-revenue-generating customers and applications, while striving to improve the customer experience. This evolution requires the development and implementation of new technologies. In addition, vendors and CSPs are developing closer relationships to support network transformation.


  • Major access network bandwidth upgrades will continue. Upgrades will happen throughout the access network, encompassing the central office or headend, distributed access points, and premises.
  • Selective SDN and NFV concepts are moving from theory to reality in the wireline access network, supporting software-defined access (SD-Access). One such reality is network slicing, and more deployments are likely in 2019. DAA will accelerate in the coming year.
  • Vendors and CSPs are developing closer relationships to benefit from cloud-based network analytics and faster service deployments.

Features and Benefits

  • Identify the major trends within the broadband access equipment market and the catalysts for those trends.
  • Discover key recommendations for CSPs and vendors in the broadband access equipment market.

Key questions answered

  • Will CSPs continue to invest in next-gen broadband access networks?
  • Are SDN and NFV being adopted in the access network and if so, where and why?
  • What do vendors need to do to support CSPs? And what do the CSPs need to do to take advantage of new technologies to support access network transformation?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for CSPs
  • Recommendations for vendors

Bandwidth upgrades propel equipment market

  • Fiber, fiber everywhere driving bandwidth upgrades
  • Next-gen PON, xDSL, and DOCSIS will become the standard

Selected SDN and NFV features come to fruition

  • Virtual network slicing is gaining momentum
  • Better support for multivendor equipment in PONs
  • Cable network DAA transformation is enabled by SDN and NFV

CSPs and vendors – an evolving relationship

  • Vendors become enablers


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author