Despite the significant increase in channels, revenue dropped 3% from 2014 to 2015, to $1.74B, as competitive pricing coupled with a rise in software licenses helped push down the average price per downstream channel.
ARRIS, a company that provides hardware and software to cable operators, closed out the year as the global revenue leader, holding 53% of total revenue among providers of cable broadband infrastructure. ARRIS benefitted immensely from the focus of its primary North American customers, including Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., on dramatically increasing throughput to remain competitive with Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., CenturyLink Inc., Google Fiber and upstart ISPs.
"The imminent availability of DOCSIS 3.1 linecards and full-spectrum channels won't slow the continued purchase and deployment of current DOCSIS 3.0 channels as cable operators must continue to increase throughput to reduce the likelihood of churn among their broadband subscribers," said Jeff Heynen, Sr. Research Analyst for SNL Kagan.
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