Operators name Cisco top dog of the IP STB market

A survey by US research firm has concluded that Cisco is now rated by operators around the world as the top overall supplier of IP set-top boxes, overtaking last year’s leader Motorola Mobility.

“This is consistent with our set-top box market share reporting, where Cisco has led in global IP STB revenue share for 4 straight quarters,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research.

“Clearly Cisco’s efforts over the past year to expand its IP set-top box lineup and customer base, and the major contracts it has scored with AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, and Telus are paying off.”

Cisco and Motorola were also found to be tied as the most installed IP set-top box suppliers among the carriers polled, with UK firm Amino coming in third.

The survey was conducted with incumbent carriers in North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific, and quizzed them on preferred IP STB features, IP STB tuners, home networking and media sharing technologies, IP STB hard drive capacity, and their perception of different manufacturers.

Participating carriers identified the top three critical IP STB applications as video-on-demand, electronic programme guide (EPG), and whole-home DVR capabilities. Social networking capabilities were not rated highly by respondents.

Ethernet is named as the leading technology for connecting STBs to home networks and sharing media with other devices, followed by 802.11n Wi-Fi and universal plug and play (UPnP).

Over 70% of operator respondents stated a belief that they will need more than 500 GB of hard drive capacity by 2013, due to increases in HD programming and time-shifted viewing placing greater storage burdens on the STB.

In another piece of good news for Cisco, the company confirmed earlier today that it has completed its acquisition of UK-based content protection experts NDS Group for US$ 5bn – detail’s here.

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