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New broadband services boost DLC/MSAN market

The market for DLC/MSAN (Digital Loop Carrier/ Multi-Service Access Node) equipment is on the rise as shipments to ...


October 31, 2005  


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The market for DLC/MSAN (Digital Loop Carrier/ Multi-Service Access Node) equipment is on the rise as shipments to telecom carriers will jump from 24 million ports in 2004 to 36.9 million ports in 2009, according to a report released today by In-Stat.

DLCs that provided remote termination of POTS lines in the access network have evolved to become MSANs that support POTS, DSL, and FTTP access lines, the high-tech market research firm says.

“DLC/MSAN vendors now offer a number of features that support the service provider transition to new broadband services and an all-IP network,” said In-Stat analyst Henry Goldberg.

“These products enable deep fiber solutions such as FTTN and FTTC where the DLC equipment is deployed closer to the user so that copper loop lengths are shorter, and ADSL2+ or VDSL technologies provide the required high bandwidth. Some service providers deploy fiber all the way to customer premise using an FTTP architecture that is also supported by the MSANs.”

The company expects worldwide DLC/MSAN POTS + DSL revenues to stay relatively flat for the next five years due to heavy price competition among the vendors. Huawei continued to be the worldwide leader in overall DLC/MSAN port shipments in 2004 with about a 36% market share, while Alcatel was second with a 21% market share.

The report, MSANs/DLCs Enable Telco FTTX, TV Services, and VoIP Migration (#IN0501950WN), provides analysis of the worldwide DLC/MSAN market.

Key market trends are highlighted, and 13 vendor profiles that cover product offerings, key features, competitive strengths, and customers are provided. Five-year forecasts of worldwide DLC/MSAN POTS, DSL, and total POTS + DSL port shipments and revenues are also included.