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January 29, 2013

MoCA Households to Exceed 25M in 2014, Home Networking to Jump to Significant Gigabit Speeds: ABI Research



By Shankar Pandiath
TMCnet Contributor



ABI Research (News - Alert), a renowned provider of quantitative forecasting and in-depth analysis of the latest trends in global connectivity and other technologies, today announced that it expects the MoCA households in North America to exceed 25 million by the end of 2014, with an almost similar demand rise for HomePlug (News - Alert) in Western Europe.

The first important shipments of MoCA 2.0 and HomePlug AV2 standards are coming up in 2013, which will offer not only much higher gigabit speeds, but more robustness based on diverse line conditions.

But not all devices to be shipped with the new standards will support the comprehensive set of features.

Over the past few years, the concept of home networking has dramatically evolved, transforming from merely being a platform for sharing broadband connections between two or more PCs to a full-fledged media and entertainment network that can potentially connect a host of Web-enabled devices.

Based on ABI’s research on home networking, the software standards that are trying to solve the issues of lack of interoperability between manufacturers and devices are DLNA, UPnP and HNAP.

Despite that no new home networking solutions have earned dramatic footing from the pay TV operators, the way to a stronger and engaging consumer mindshare can be achieved with consumer education, hybrid networking solutions, and a solid retail market.

These elements are rapidly becoming the key focus of several companies that are operating in the market of home networking solutions, remarked ABI Research.

According to Michael Inouye, senior analyst at ABI Research, Entropic (News - Alert), holds a major market share in home MoCA and HomePlug unit shipments across the Home Networking market. It has an extensive portfolio that currently incorporates MoCA to SoCS for client devices that are based on the company’s acquisition of the STB business of Trident, and further into hybrid networking based on strategic partnerships. The company plans to present MoCA with a powerful retail presence with extensive solutions like multi-band MoCA adapter, which eases the shopping experience.

Integrated STB solutions will also help in broadening the footprints of MoCA technologies with companies like Entropic, Broadcom (News - Alert), STMicro and MStar.

Talking about Home Networking, TV and Video Practice Director, Sam Rosen, said the goal of simplifying the home networking system will bring a wide variety of products to market, particularly connected CE devices.

Such products can be easily integrated with wired networking technologies to simplify home networking.

In spite of adoption and costs remaining, added Rosen, the technology is rapidly improving with regard to multi-band MoCA solutions and the integration of HomePlug with power supplies.

Findings of this research are based on ABI’s Home Networking Research Service. 

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Edited by Braden Becker
 
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