Any equipment -- such as telephones, computers, printers, video equipment or other items -- that a user can connect to a network.
Telecommunications equipment located at a customer site (relative to the telephone or telecommunications company).
Simply put customer premise equipment is the equipment that big company's that provide broadband services use;i.e., voice ports,channel banks, PBX's,Integrated Access Mulitplexers,etc. This is as opposed to subscriber premise equipment.
CPE Communications equipment (such as PBX switches, origination / termination adapters, multiplexers, modems, codecs, telephones, computers, etc. - but not including carrier lines) at the customer's location that connects to carriers' Products and Services. CPE may be COAM or provided by the carrier. Primary CPE suppliers include: AT&T, Northern Telcom, NEC, Phillips, Siemens, Erickson, etc.
Customer Premise Equipment is any apparatus, including telephone handsets, private branch exchange (PBX) switching equipment, key and hybrid telephone systems, and add-on devices that are physically located on a customer's property. If CPE includes wiring (and it usually does), this is sometimes referred to as "on-premise wiring."
Telecommunications equipment that is located at the subscribers' home or business. This is typically owned by the customer as compared to network equipment that is owned by the telecommunications carrier.