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50 Million Modems and Counting


Motorola today announced that it has shipped 50 million cable modems of both the data and digital voice variety.

It’s hard to ignore a milestone like 50 million modems shipped. Most consumers don’t even think about the little boxes that connect them to the Internet, but their sheer invisibility is testament to how commonplace modems and, in no small part, broadband connections have become.

Part of the success of modems in the cable industry, and the reason consumers barely have to think about the technology, is due to CableLabs’ DOCSIS standards. Ten years ago CableLabs came out with the first Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications release to ensure that certified cable modems would work with any cable network available. DOCSIS is why you can buy a cable modem at retail if you want, and why cable operators have a range of technology options when choosing what modem equipment to lease to consumers. (It just so happens that, even with many options, most operators have chosen Motorola modems…)

Here a little context on Motorola and DOCSIS cable modems. Motorola is:

  • #1 in cable modems shipped overall
  • #1 in DOCSIS 1.0 modems shipped
  • #1 in DOCSIS 1.1 modems shipped
  • #1 in DOCSIS 2.0 modems shipped
  • #1 in retail volume of cable modems shipped

Stay tuned for DOCSIS 3.0 modems. And here’s to 50 million more shipments.